11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
a must see for anyone who had a childhood,
This review is from: My Life As A Dog [DVD] (DVD)
This is a film that has everything.Poignant,funny,acutely observed,tender,tragic and ultimately very uplifting. The story of Ingemar growing up in Sweden in the 1950,s is told with extraordinary insight into the mind of a young boy. The plot line has a neat geometry.Ingemar's mother is sick (dying of T.B.).He is dispatched to relatives in the country where he experiences a magical summer full of incident,encounters with eccentrics,and a growing awareness of the opposite sex.He comes home to his mothers sick bed and is sent off again to the rural relatives for the Winter. The change of season mirrors the change in mood of the film and Ingemar faces the bitter reality of a world of uncertainty and change. Hallstrom is dealing with some very ambitious themes in this film and the mixture of wryly observed humour and naked raw emotion deliver a very powerful experience for the viewer.
The one criticism that might be levelled at this film is the occassional teetering on the edge of an overdone sentimentality but overall it is easy to forgive a lot given the overall result. My Life As A Dog has a universal appeal to anyone who had a childhood. It is an absolute must see.And dont be put off by it being Swedish and subtitled....it matters not a jot.