Revelation Film Festival 2014

2016 Films


Heart of a Dog

Dir: Laurie Anderson
Year: 2015
Country: US
Duration: 75mins
Source (Australia)

Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival

Unclassified: 15+

In Heart of a Dog the internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, musician and performer Laurie Anderson turns her attention to her relationship with her pet dog, Lolabelle.

But this is no mere exploration of pets, but an examination of the desire for companionship, of family and friendship, and of death. It is also an examination of the nature of consciousness (human and canine), and a meditation on Buddhist philosophy drawn from Anderson’s own life and the experiences that have marked it.

The artist/director accompanies her footage – archival and home movies are mixed with dog’s-eye-view recreations – with a focused, calm, and gently incisive narrative that flows through memories, anecdotes and philosophy.

Constructed with an almost dreamlike quality, a fact matched by Anderson’s perfectly pitched narration, Heart of a Dog is far more than a story of a dog; it is a film about love and life, but also about loss and the Bardo.

A beautiful, critically acclaimed work that – contrary to the Tibetan Book of the Dead’s instructions – may not leave a dry eye in the house. 

Read the Variety review here.

Screens with: The Mermaid

Sat 9, 4.40pm, Luna Leederville (Buy Tickets)
Sat 16, 6.45pm, Paradiso (Buy Tickets)
Unclassified: 15+