Is there anything better than finding a great diamond in the rough?  That’s one reason foreign and indie films are so wonderful.

Here’s a foreign film from the 1980′s that I recommend – “My Life as a Dog”.

The director of “My Life as a Dog” is Lasse Hallstrom.  The Swedish director would later put his talents to use on such diverse projects as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (starring Johnny Depp), “Chocolat” (starring Juliet Binoche who also starred in “Three Colors – Blue”), and, “The Cider House Rules” (starring a young Tobey Maguire, and, an equally young Charlize Theron).

My Life as a Dog

“My Life as a Dog” is an understated coming-of-age movie about a young boy who must cope with the loss of his mother.  The title refers to Laika, the first dog in space aboard an unmanned Russian Sputnik capsule.

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1988:  Best Director and Best Screenplay – Adapted from another Medium.

Both “My Life as a Dog” and “Full Metal Jacket” lost out to “The Last Emperor” for the Best Screenplay Oscar.  I think the Academy missed one there.

“My Life as a Dog” is both sad and uplifting.

As of April, 2012, the movie is available via DVD from Netflix, but, is not available via streaming Netflix.

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