My Life as a Dog

My Life as a Dog

Lasse Hallstrom’s sweet, unassuming My Life as a Dog puts the audience in a time and place that is so warm and inviting, you don’t want to leave it.  That is probably the greatest accomplishment of Hallstrom’s ode to childhood innocence.  Hallstrom’s breakthrough Swedish movie, which resulted in two Oscar nominations for the filmmaker (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay), perfectly encapsulates the fears, heartaches, tragedies, and triumphs of childhood.  Backed up by some amazing child performances and a cast that feels as real as the small town in any country in the world, the film has a winning charm that’s hard to ignore.

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