My Life as a Dog tells the story of Ingemar, a working-class twelve-year-old sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. Once there, Ingemar finds refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure with the help of the town’s warmhearted eccentrics.
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Surprisingly engaging coming of age story from director Lasse Hallstrom. The simple story is told with great depth and authenticity, rich characters and excellent authentic performances from its young cast. It manages to be gently emotional without ever getting too sentimental, and quirky and offbeat without going too far over the top.