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The cast is excellent, with Ben Tibber as the stoic and courageous David, and Joan Plowright, who adds to her lifetime of flawless performances here with the portrayal of Sophie, an artist who teaches David to trust in life and humanity. In the small but pivotal part of Johannes, Jim Caviezel is marvelous. This was filmed before he played Jesus in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," and some other actors in "The Passion" are also in "I Am David," notably Hristo Shopov (who was Pontius Pilate) as the head officer, and Francesco De Vito (Peter) as Roberto the sailor/truck driver. Director Feig has a cameo as an American whose car runs out of gas, in one of the more humorous scenes in the film.
The DVD features are good, and include interviews with producers and actors on how the film was planned and made, deleted scenes, and interesting commentary by Feig, where he shows us just how stringent his budget was, and how he had to cut corners. Despite the financial limitations, this is an inspiring film, as well as an entertaining one. "I Am David" makes wonderful family viewing, and will give younger audiences a glimpse into the Gulags behind the Iron Curtain of the early 1950s, and how the human spirit can conquer adversity.
Religious and moral themes abound. There is a Christ-like figure who gives his life to save David. An executioner forced to commit murder by "the state", chooses love over blind duty when he conspires with his victim. David achieves freedom in his escape from Bulgaria, but is unable to recognize or understand what that means. In his travels, his heart and his mind gradually open to love. As his trust grows, he gets closer and closer to his destination. He does not understand why Denmark is his destination, only that he was told by his protector to go there. When David makes a leap of faith, he reaches his destination in a dramatic fashion.
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I love this movie. I think some people have called it a little too cliche, but the story that is told is an awesome adventure of a young boy surviving and escaping a terrible and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert
This is a beautiful story. The acting is superb and it is something the whole family can watch. Moreover, the message is profound but subtle and the movie has it all: humor,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JMJ