I Am David (2003)

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I Am David (2003)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Ben Tibber, James Caviezel, Joan Plowright

Storyline:

Twelve-year-old David escapes from a Communist concentration camp with little more than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into the free world for the first time as he travels across Europe. His spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctive mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love, addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the unbreakable spirit of a child.

One review

  • ‘I Am David’ is the kind of film that combines a well-trodden story-line with uncommon intelligence, insight and quiet intensity resulting in genuine emotional engagement for the viewer.

    The film tells a story of (hard-won) freedom, fear, endurance and hope centering on a 12 year old boy escaping from a Communist concentration camp & journeying North through Italy & Switzerland in order to find his way to Denmark, where he has been told he will be safe. The boy is portrayed by Ben Tibber who manages to capture the emotional & physical turmoil of David, who has seen much tragedy, without ever seeming forced or overly rehearsed. The story is carried to a great extent by Tibber as David, but he is amongst some fine character actors whose performances add great value to the narrative. Joan Plowright is superlative in the film, as always & Jim Caviezel, adds his potent mix of understated courage, empathy and wisdom to the character of Johannes.

    I was caught off-guard by the emotional response this movie caused for me and I found myself in more than one “lump-in-the-throat” moments. Credit director and author of the screenplay Paul Feig for providing us with a story that avoids becoming cloying or manipulative and instead brings us moments of great authentic power and empathic connection. I strongly urge you to spend the 90 minutes of time this film asks of you as it is well worth the investment.

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