Monday, December 7, 2015

Cinema Clips: Heart of a Dog

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Musician Laurie Anderson directs a moving eulogy for her dog Lolabelle that also works as a loving tribute to her late husband, Lou Reed, and a sad meditation on the death of her mother.

Shot on small cameras and iPhones, the film is scored and narrated by Anderson sounding not unlike some of her great spoken word singing from past albums. She explores the life and death of her dog, a true member of her family, and the virtues of feeling sad without being sad in a time of loss.

There’s a soothing quality to the movie, which stands as competent coaching for the future death of loved ones, and sound advice for coping with deaths in the recent past. Anderson ruminates on the existence of ghosts, and even shares footage of her dog, who had gone blind, performing a piano concert for an amused audience (Yes, Lolabelle learned how to play keyboards).

The music is some of the best Anderson has ever composed, and the film closes out to the strains of the wonderful Lou Reed and his song “Turning Time Around.” Anderson fans will love this, dog lovers will love this and Lou Reed fans will be enchanted. This is one of 2015’s better documentaries.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to start a search for a piano teacher to work with my dog. 


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