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My Life as a Dog Details

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In 1959 Sweden, young Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) lives with his dying mother and his nasty older brother. He survives all of life's knocks by comparing himself to those who are worse off--such as Laika, the little Russian space dog who was rocketed to his death and had nothing to say in the matter. Ingemar begins to identify with Laika more and more as his mother's health deteriorates, at times dropping to all fours and baying at the moon. When his mother is advised to get some peace and quiet away from her children, Ingemar is sent to live with his loveable uncle and aunt. For the first time, the boy is surrounded by relatives and classmates who pose no threat and who genuinely like him. He even has a sexual awakening. When his mother dies, he no longer rationalizes his misfortunes by comparing himself to those less fortunate; from now on, he can conjure up pleasant memories of his summer away from home to sustain him through the hard times. My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv Som Hund) is based on the autobiographical novel by Reidar Jonsson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 24, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Per Berglund Best Adapted Screenplay 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Reidar Jonsson Best Adapted Screenplay 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lasse Hallström Best Foreign Film 1987 Winner
Directors Guild of America Lasse Hallström Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lasse Hallström Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lasse Hallström Best Adapted Screenplay 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brasse Brannstrom Best Adapted Screenplay 1987 Nominee

Cast

Anton Glanzelius
as Ingemar Johansson
Anki Liden
as Ingemar's Mother
Manfred Serner
as Erik
Melinda Kinnaman
as Saga
Tomas von Bromssen
as Gunnar
Ing-Marie Carlsson
as Berit the Artist's Model
Kicki Rundgren
as Aunt Ulla
Lennart Hjulström
as Konstnaren, The Sculptor
Christina Carlwind
as Mrs. Sandberg
Ralph Carlsson
as Harry
Didrik Gustavsson
as Mr. Arcidsson
Vivi Johansson
as Mrs. Arvidsson
Jan-Philip Hollstrom
as Manne
Arnold Alfredsson
as Manne's Grandfather
Fritz Elofsson
as Glassworks Master
Per Ottosson
as Tommy
Johanna Udehn
as Lilla Grodan
Susanna Wetterholm
as Karin
Magnus Rask
as Fransson
Tony Rix
Leif Erickson
as Farbor Sandberg
Magnus Rask
as Fransson

Crew

Lasse Hallström
Director
Erik Spangenberg
Producer
Waldemar Bergendahl
Producer
Ann Collenberg
Producer
Brasse Brannstrom
Screenwriter
Per Berglund
Screenwriter
Reidar Jonsson
Book Author
Reidar Jonsson
Screenwriter
Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter
Jörgen Persson
Cinematographer
Povel Ramel
Songwriter
Christer Furubrand
Editor
Susanne Linnman
Editor
Lasse Westfelt
Production Designer
Susanne Falck
Costume Designer
Inger Pehrsson
Costume Designer
Helena Olofsson-Carmback
Makeup
Agneta Jalemo
Makeup
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