Heart of a Dog

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Released 2015

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Director:
Laurie Anderson
Released:
2015
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"Hello, little bonehead. I'll love you forever." So begins Heart of a Dog, creative pioneer Laurie Anderson's wry, wondrous and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death and language. Centering on Anderson's beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand- drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told - and how we use them to make sense of our lives.

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  • 100

    indieWIRE Eric Kohn

    Haunting and celebratory at once, Heart of a Dog ultimately amounts to a contemplation of mortality.

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    From a sensory point of view, the film is a pleasure, the images having been manipulated in various ways to evocative effect, Anderson's voiceovers proving more amusing than not, a...

  • 40

    CineVue John Bleasdale

    Some of it is funny. Some of it is moving. More of it is plain dull.

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