Directed by Lasse Hallström
Based on ‘Mitt liv som hund’, by Reidar Jönsson
“In fact, I’ve been kinda lucky. I mean, compared to others. You have to compare, so you can get a little distance from things. Like Laika. She really must have seen things in perspective. It’s important to keep a certain distance. I think about that guy who tried to set a world record for jumping over buses with a motorcycle. He lined up 31 buses. If he’d left it at 30, maybe he would have survived.”
Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog) is a 1985 Swedish coming of age movie directed by Lasse Hallström. It’s one masterful look at childhood with all its light and dark moments that shape our perception of the world. It doesn’t look away from the dark aspects of growing up, but shows equally the beautiful side of it, never in black and white manner, with a very layered and focused approach. It also shows the director at the height of his creative strenght, which he sadly never repeated.