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461 Ratings

My Childhood

Directed by Bill Douglas
United Kingdom, 1972
Drama, Biography


The first part of Bill Douglas’s influential, autobiographical trilogy. 1945: Jamie and Tommy live a meagre and isolated existence with their maternal grandmother in Newcraighall, a Scottish mining village. Jamie’s only friendship is with Helmuth, a German prisoner of war.

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My Childhood Directed by Bill Douglas

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1972 | Winner: Best First Film

Berlin International Film Festival

1974 | 4 wins including: Interfilm Award - Recommendation (Forum of New Cinema)

Critics reviews

As a pure expression of grief-stricken poetry, My Childhood is as memorable in a way as such Continental counterparts as Shoeshine, Germany Year Zero, and The 400 Blows. Conceivably more pared down and less sentimental than any of these, it also winds up being so elliptical in spots that one may have a little trouble getting all the characters and their warped relationships straight.
September 17, 1980
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