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My Life as a Dog

PG-13 In Theaters 05/8/2005 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Brasse Brannstrom Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Per Berglund Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Lasse Hallström Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Reidar Jonsson Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Lasse Hallström Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Directors Guild of America Best Director Lasse Hallström Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Lasse Hallström Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 New York Film Critics Circle Best Foreign Film Won

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