I Am David

I Am David

DVD - 2005
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David is a 12-year-old boy who escapes from a Communist concentration camp. He has little more with him than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into a world free of Communism for the first time in his young life as he travels across Europe. For David, this is a spiritual voyage of discovery, where he slowly loses his instinctual mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love. Ultimately addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the resilience of youth and the unbreakable spirit of a child.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Artisan Home Entertainment : Distributed by Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD F I


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Jan 09, 2018

An absorbing fable about a young boy's escape from a labor camp behind the Iron Curtain, and his search for his family. The film chronicles his encounters with those who would report him, as well as those who help him along the way from Italy, through Switzerland, and finally to Denmark.. Its hopeful message shows that in a fable most anything is possible.

May 29, 2015

This movie is a great young adult movie, skip it if you are an adult. More of an after school special type of movie.

dutchchef Jul 26, 2012

The book is fantastic and we loved the movie

Aug 26, 2009

Skip It - I Am David (2003) 90 min. This is one of the worst film adaptations of a novel I've ever seen. The book is fresh with metaphors and analogies; the film is void of any emotional connection. It's tiresome and dull. Do yourself a favor and read the book instead.

Aug 24, 2009

Director Paul Feig has taken a 1963 Danish novella "North to Freedom" by the late Anne Holm, which is required reading in some European classrooms, and adapted it to the screen. Using minimalist cinematic story-telling techniques, while all-the-while showing us incredible panoramic cinematography - Feig tells the story of a little boy named David's escapes from a Bulgarian communist labour camp and his attempts to make his way to safety in Denmark. Along the way he meets many people who either help or hinder his quest - but throughout it all, he is resolute and resilient. David persists - and his quiet perseverance will have you rooting for him to reach his destination safely.

Although the story is rooted in bleak references to David's impoverishment and austere living conditions throughout the entire film - Feig still found time to tailor the film beautifully as an era piece capturing Europe in 1952. In doing that, Feig makes I Am David, also a small tribute to the sartorial splendour on display in the fleeting fashions and life-style of the Italian aristocratic family David meets - largely unaffected by the war. In that respect - the film becomes almost a precursor of the wealth and prosperity to be found in those countries that had escaped both fascist and communist rule after WWII.

Aug 23, 2009

This heart-warming saturday afternoon special alternates from dreary to melodramatic too many convenient times for me to classify it up there with other "journey movies" truly worthy of note (like critically acclaimed in 2008, "Into The Wild", for example).
However... it has a way of growing on an audience if you can get passed its rather gloom-and-doom start long enough for young Ben Tibber who plays the twelve year old David, to endear himself into the minds and hearts of its viewers.
And he does... ever so sweetly, that you become entranced by his melancholy looks and steadfast disposition, and you end up wanting to know his fate, hoping that it will all turn out safe and sound for him, but wondering in the end - just how?
His escape from a Bulgarian communist concentration camp in 1952, begins his journey, and continues as a mystery to a destination he never chose and never questioned.
The perilous trip becomes a metaphoric re-birth for David, as he begins to deal with life outside the prison. And life, as we all know, has its ups and downs, with people good and bad, along the way.
David experiences it all, with an ah shucks kind of good natured attitude that sometimes is threatened by flashbacks to the violence he was used to as a prisoner.
But you begin to get this sense that he's going to miraculously make it in the end.
It helps that he runs into Sophie, an elderly Swiss matron, played by Dame Joan Plowright, the remarkably resilient British actress (of "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" fame) who saves the day - and the movie, I might add - by finally giving young David the trustworthy kindness and human decency he never had growing up in the communist prison - nor received from even some of the people he met along his journey.
Even their introduction is idyllic: After crossing Greece and Italy, and while travelling through Germany to ultimately reach Denmark - David finds Sophie painting impressionist landscapes in a pastoral setting just outside the Swiss border.
She asks to paint him: "Michaelangelo had his David, and so shall I" - and this perchance meeting begins their friendship, and gives rise to a new-found hope in the young man's quest to reach his Danish destination.
Who and what is waiting for him there is a beautiful surprise that cannot be spoiled here. Suffice it to say - no one will be disappointed with the ending, despite the movie's all-too-many apparent coincidences.

Mar 13, 2009

This is such a hopeful film. You find yourself getting immersed in David's quest. It's a good choice for a movie night with older children, as it depicts a young boy who faces incredible challenges, yet doesn't give up.


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Mar 16, 2009

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