My Life as a Dog

Synopsis: Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika - the russian dog sent into space... He gets sent away to stay with relations for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Lasse Hallström
Production: Skouras Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

I should have told her everything.

Mom loved stories like that.


It's not so bad if you think about it.

It could have been worse.

Just think how that poor guy ended up

who got a new kidney in Boston.

He got his name in all the papers,

but he died just the same.

And what about Laika, the space dog?

They put her in a Sputnik

and sent her into space.

They attached wires to her heart

and brain to see how she felt.

I don't think she felt so good.

She spun around up there for five months

until her doggy bag was empty.

She starved to death.

It's important to have something

like that to compare things to.

Ingemar, open the door now.

Come on.

Ingemar, this is not funny.

Open up now, Ingemar.

He can't be in there.

You know about it, eh?

I'm sorry, but I couIdn't tell you.

I just couIdn't.

I think about that woman

who went to Ethiopia

to be a missionary.

They beat her to death with clubs

right while she was preaching.

You have to compare all the time.

LittIe Frog!

I did it.

Let's see.

- Stick out your tongue.

- No. I don't want to.

- Yes, you have to.

- No. I changed my mind.

Yes, out with your tongue.


Mix it!

Good. Now we're married.

She had to marry

a man from the south.

Is it good?

Yeah. Six hundred pages.

Mom read it through in three days.

She sort of reads. She photographs

each page with one glance: "cIick".

And that's it.

I've been reading it for a week

and I'm only on page 30.

Funny, fighting a war

when they're from the same country.

Come on, l'lI show you.

It's reaI easy.

GirIs have a sort of bottIe inside.

Just Iike a bottle.

It's Iike upside-down inside them.

It Iooks about Iike this.

This is what it's Iike inside a girI,

between her Iegs.

And you have to stick it in

and shoot up at this IittIe thing.

And then there'll be a baby.

Come on, l'lI show you.


Ingemar, come here a minute.

Everybody understands now?

This is how it works.


Cut it out!

It's stuck!

Ow! It hurts.

Watch it!

If kids do this to each other,

it can really get stuck!

Can I help?

No, thanks.

Why do you do these things?

- What?

- Like in the cellar just now.

It wasn't me.

Oh, why do you do it?

I don't know.

I guess it's menopause.


Go away!

l think about that guy

who saw a Tarzan movie.

He grabbed a high-voltage wire

to swing on and feIl dead on the spot.

You should never think you're Tarzan.

Get up!

You overslept, for God's sake!

What the hell have you done?

Shut up!

- You have to make breakfast.

- l'm making it now.

Don't mention this.


If you don't, you can borrow

my rifle sometime. Okay?


Is it good?

What is it now?

Drink properIy, Ingemar.


Do it!

Careful, you'Il spill it!


Watch out!

Come on!

Mom! He's done it again!

What's going on here?

Any idea?


I should have told her everything

whiIe she stiIl had her strength.

Stories from life.

Mom really loved those.

She collected them.

You have to have something to tell her.

I like it when she laughs.

Then she puts her book down.

The problem is, she reads a lot.

lt's good if you can get her

to think about something else.

Good girI, Sickan.

I think I love Sickan

as much as Mom.

Mom was a photographer

before she got sick.

Then we came. She had to quit.


CIose the door!

It could have been worse.

It's important to remember that.

Just think about that train wreck

l read about.

A train ran right

into a railcar at Glycksbo.

Six peopIe were kiIled

and fourteen injured.

Just as a comparison.


You have to watch out

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Reidar Jönsson

Reidar Vallis Håkan Jönsson (born 14 June 1944 in Malmö) is a Swedish writer, director and playwright. more…

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