My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund), 1985

23 August 2006

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who brought us What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and based on a novel by Reidar Jonsson, this was an enjoyable and touching story about young boy, Ingemar Johansson. Ingemar is sent to live with his uncle while his mother receives medical treatment – and some head-space from her children.

Ingemar is an anxious little fellow, a problem that is compounded by his older brother – who enjoys exploiting Ingemar’s sensitivity and openheartedness. Throughout the film Inegmar likens his journey to that of Laika, the dog the Russians sent into orbit at the beginning of the space program.

Without being overly sentimental, this is a gentle, touching film that reminded me of just how tough things can be when you’re a kid.

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