Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 89. My Life As A Dog aka Mitt liv som hund (1985)
89. My Life As A Dog [DVD] aka Mitt liv som hund (1985)
Plot: My Life as a Dog is the story of Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius), an adolescent boy with a sickly mother, an absent father and his dog, Sickan.
Also Starring: Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman (yes, she’s the older sister of Joel Kinnaman), Kicki Rundgren, Lennart Hjulström, Ing-Marie Carlsson, Jan-Philip Hollström, Leif Ericson
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Length: 98 min
Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför… (tagline)
Review: This is by far my favorite Swedish movie.
Yup, no Let the Right One in, no As it is in Heaven, no Wallander and no Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (that one came close though, mostly because I love Noomi Rapace and have met her on numerous occasions.)
One Swedish movie that also allmost made it on my list is Strul with my favorite Swede Björn Skifs. I quickly realized this blog is read by mostly Americans and Canadians so to promote a movie that doesn’t have a DVD with english subs would be like offering someone candy and when they reached for the bag kick them in the nuts instead.
When My Life as a Dog came out in 1985 it became not only a success in Sweden it became an international success. It paved the way for director Lasse Hallström to go on to direct actors like Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Gere; lead actor boy Anton Glanzelius got to meet Michael Jackson and it made me fall in love with a twelve-year-old girl actress named Melinda Kinnaman.
… Eh, hang on.. that kind of sounds wrong.. Just to clarify, I myself was 11 years old at the time..
Okay, I ramble. How about getting back to some kind of review.
While the kids in The Last Airbender ruined 101 minutes of my life, Anton Glanzelius and Melinda Kinnaman shine like.. like..
..well, like that Last Airbender-kid did when he got his seizures or whatever the hell happened to him.
And the supporting cast headed by Thomas von Brömssen shine along with them.
If you haven’t seen it and I guess if your not a Swede or hate subtitles I bet you haven’t, you should really do it.
It’s worth the watch and will make you look sophisticated when people notice it in you DVD shelf.
It’s pretty much like the Bergman films I have stacked on my shelf; they make you look good AND when you finally dust them off and watch them you realize; “Hey, this ain’t half bad!!”
2 Nominations: Best Director (Lasse Hallström) and Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Lasse Hallström, Reidar Jönsson, Brasse Brännström, Per Berglund)
How it wasn’t nominated in the Best Foreign Picture category is weirder than Al Yankovic.
PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 90. Wayne’s World (1992)
- I look into the Future and say the one with Joel Kinnaman. What’s YOUR Favorite Romantic Comedy? (lunkiandsika.wordpress.com)