Heart of a Dog

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USA | 2015 | 75 minutes | Laurie Anderson

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Musician, artist, filmmaker and creative pioneer Laurie Anderson presents this wry, wondrous, and unforgettable cinematic essay. Using animation, home movies, and Anderson’s signature music, she explores the relationship between woman and dog, the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, post 9/11 surveillance culture, and the influence of inspiring thinkers–including her late husband, the great Lou Reed.

“Hello, little bonehead. I’ll love you forever,” is how Laurie Anderson greets Lolabelle, her beloved rat terrier, in this visually sublime personal essay: a journey through love, death, and language that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, and the artist’s unique philosophical musings. 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.


“Wildly inventive. Laurie Anderson’s philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs… both invites and defies interpretation.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Invokes the spirit of the late French documentarian Chris Maker… smart, silly, sad, and relentlessly honest – one of the most moving and provocative films you’ll see this year.” – Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

Heart of a Dog follows its nose to unlikely, profound places. You’ll leave the film more alive, more aware, more able to cope.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

  • Director: Laurie Anderson
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 75 minutes