Heart of a Dog

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Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson
USA, 2015
Documentaries, 75min, OF

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Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson
USA, 2015
Documentaries, 75min, OF

Cast: 
Drawings and Animation
Laurie Anderson
Screenplay: 
Laurie Anderson
Camera: 
Laurie Anderson
Toshiaki Ozawa
Joshua Zucker Pluda
Editor: 
Melody London
Katherine Nolfi
Composer: 
Laurie Anderson

Production: 
Canal Street Communications
World Sales: 
Celluloid Dreams
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

Laurie Anderson’s eclectic career spans music, drawing, story-telling, performance, and more. Her new feature film, HEART OF A DOG, combines her multiple talents in a personal film essay. The dog of the title is her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who passed away in 2011 during a succession of family deaths that also included Anderson’s mother, Mary Louise, and husband, Lou Reed. Anderson’s close bond with Lolabelle underlies the film’s stream of consciousness, which flows through subjects as diverse as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. She lingers particularly over the concept of the bardo, described in the tibetan “Book of the Dead” as the 49-day period between death and rebirth. Overlaying the film's tapestry of images – which include Anderson’s animation, 8mm home-movie footage, and lots of lovingly photographed dogs – is her melodic narration, full of warmth, humour, and insight. (Thom Powers)