A multifaceted masterpiece set in Sweden of the late 1950s, this seriocomic story chronicles the experiences of a confused twelve-year-old boy shipped out during his mother’s terminal illness to stay with relatives in the country. Hallstrom’s film is most of all about perspective—the relativity of the trivial and the cosmic, the painful and the comic. A film from the 1980s that has endured, this international film played for half a year in many large US cities and is the rare foreign film nominated for Best Director and Screenplay Oscars.
The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
ACCOLADES FOR MY LIFE AS A DOG
-“In contrast to typical Hollywood films, the movie contemplates character, behavior, and experience for their own sakes, not in the service of arc or narrative revelation or simplistic heroism. It remains one of the greatest of all films about children.” Sight & Sound
-“Wonderful Swedish film set in the 1950s showing how a 12-year-old boy learns to cope creatively with substantial losses in his life.” Spirituality and Practice
-“A film about people shaped by people, by the rhythms of their behavior and feelings, and belongs to the great humanist tradition of Jean Renoir.” Village Voice
-“My Life as a Dog made me like life and human beings much more than I had ever done before; it is my favorite film.” Kurt Vonnegut
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* March 5, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent