“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, including her late husband, Lou Reed, writer David Foster Wallace and artist Gordon Matta-Clark.
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.
“Heart of a Dog is about telling and remembering and forgetting, and how we put together the fragments that make up our lives — their flotsam and jetsam, highs and lows, meaningful and slight details, shrieking and weeping headline news,” writes New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. “And while it’s drizzled in sadness—one of its recurrent images is of rain splattered across glass—it joyfully embraces silliness, as when a blind dog named Lolabelle plays the piano. It’s a home movie of a type, if one that, like a stone skipped across a still lake, leaves expanding rings in its path.”
Director: Laurie Anderson | USA | 2015 | 75 minutes
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