2015, U.S., 75 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Laurie Anderson, Unrated


Heart of a Dog

Friday, 12/11 through Thursday, 12/17

"A dog is at the heart of this film, but there’s room for all manner of extraordinary insights about finding love and giving love, being canine and being human." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

In Laurie Anderson’s plainspoken all-American observational-autobiographical art, voices and harmonies and rhythms and images are juxtaposed and layered, metaphors are generated, and the mind of the viewer/listener is sent spinning into the stratosphere. It’s been nine years since her last film and almost 30 since her last feature. Heart of a Dog is her response to a commission from Arte, a work of braided joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late-beloved piano-playing and finger-painting dog Lolabelle. Life in the neighborhood - downtown New York after 9/11 … the archiving of surveillance records in ziggurat-like structures … Lolabelle’s passage through the bardo … recollections of deaths and near-deaths, terrors personal and global, sad goodbyes and funny ones, dreams and imagined flights … acceptance: Heart of a Dog is as immediate as a paragraph by Kerouac, as disarmingly playful as a Cole Porter melody, as rhapsodically composed as a poem by Whitman, and a thing of rare beauty.


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