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Monica & David (2010)

Monica , David , Alexandra Codina  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Monica, David
  • Directors: Alexandra Codina
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CXOG3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A refreshing and rare story --Newsweek

One of the greatest love stories of all time --Anthony Kennedy Shriver

It s a moving affair, a film that can inspire tears of joy in the first five minutes. --Washington Post

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MONICA & DAVID is the love story of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have an independent life. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film uses intimate fly-on-the wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, afraid of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go.

Directed and produced by Monica s cousin, first-time filmmaker Alexandra Codina, MONICA & DAVID is a crowd-pleasing romance that swerves around the mind and goes straight for the heartstrings.

Special Features

  • Fully Accessible DVD - Audio Description (English: Feature film, menu & all bonus material; Spanish: film only) and Closed Captioning (English & Spanish: film & all bonus material).
  • 5 Deleted Scenes
  • Bonus Video: Employment in the Community

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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At the beginning of Alexandra Codina's affectionate documentary "Monica & David," we're hit with a statistic that shows just how much life expectancy figures have increased for those with Down Syndrome in the last thirty years. As these individuals are more commonly living full lives, of course it is to be expected that they want to share in the same sort of successes and happiness as everyone else. To illustrate this point in a very personal way, Codina set about documenting a year in the life of her cousin Monica. Monica, a 35 year old with Down, is about to embark on a storybook wedding with her beloved David, who also has Down. The film chronicles the days leading up to the marriage until their one year anniversary. It's a heartfelt journey that is not without its struggles, but it is certainly a trip worth taking. If you've been affected by knowing someone with Down Syndrome, this is an easy recommendation--but it is also an enlightening piece that illustrates the commonality we all share.

That was my primary take-away from "Monica & David." Despite the developmental challenges they face, they want the same sort of normalcy that we all do. Although sheltered, they rise to any challenge placed before them and we see them learn to cook, work at jobs, and generally take care of themselves and each other. I was especially taken by the nature of their relationship, clearly loving but fraught with everyday frustrations as well. And the way they interact, joking and poking fun with one another, it's refreshingly open and demonstrative. Perhaps the biggest narrative aspect of the film is the family move. Monica and David live with her mother and stepfather and a relocation takes the couple away from everything and everyone they know and upsets their routine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film!! December 7, 2011
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This is such an amazing documentary. Ali Codina did an excellent job of showing the ups and downs of Down Syndrome. This is an excellent film for parents of kids who have Down syndrome to watch. I was lucky enough to see it about a month after my son (who has Downs) was born; it gave me such a sense of relief and motivation. I was able to see that my son will have many of the same experiences that other adults have, and that his potential is high if I continue to work with him. Monica and David are an inspiration to me and my husband. Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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At the beginning of Alexandra Codina's affectionate documentary "Monica & David," we're hit with a statistic that shows just how much life expectancy figures have increased for those with Down Syndrome in the last thirty years. As these individuals are more commonly living full lives, of course it is to be expected that they want to share in the same sort of successes and happiness as everyone else. To illustrate this point in a very personal way, Codina set about documenting a year in the life of her cousin Monica. Monica, a 35 year old with Down, is about to embark on a storybook wedding with her beloved David, who also has Down. The film chronicles the days leading up to the marriage until their one year anniversary. It's a heartfelt journey that is not without its struggles, but it is certainly a trip worth taking. If you've been affected by knowing someone with Down Syndrome, this is an easy recommendation--but it is also an enlightening piece that illustrates the commonality we all share.

That was my primary take-away from "Monica & David." Despite the developmental challenges they face, they want the same sort of normalcy that we all do. Although sheltered, they rise to any challenge placed before them and we see them learn to cook, work at jobs, and generally take care of themselves and each other. I was especially taken by the nature of their relationship, clearly loving but fraught with everyday frustrations as well. And the way they interact, joking and poking fun with one another, it's refreshingly open and demonstrative. Perhaps the biggest narrative aspect of the film is the family move. Monica and David live with her mother and stepfather and a relocation takes the couple away from everything and everyone they know and upsets their routine. And yet, they adapt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Realistic March 6, 2012
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Beautiful documentary on real issues. These two young people are being taken care of, but also taking care of one another. Their story is one of love, compassion, inspiration and hope. Walk away happy and inspired.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and heart warming April 16, 2012
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Great bio. It was so wonderful to see Monica and David and there lifes together. It gave me a idea of what my daughter may be lucky enough to experience some day !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! June 29, 2014
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Loved it, perfect. The film was entertaining and enjoyable but definitely made me think more about the fulfilling lives possible for those wth Down's syndrome....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monica & David March 8, 2014
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Beautiful story, beautifully told. As the mother of an adult son with Down's, I found this to be especially touching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. February 15, 2014
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Wonderfully made in every sense of the word. My grandson has Down Syndrome and it was an inspiring documentary. My prayer for him is that life will be an adventure filled with love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must see, I'll expand here more later.
Published 6 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see for high school students!
This is a must-see for high school students with moderate to profound disabilities. They are able to witness a couple with Downs Syndrome lead very normal lives with the guidance... Read more
Published 14 days ago by larissa pola
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring film for anyone!
I absolutely love this film! Monica and David are just inspiring individuals, and seeing them and a little slice of their life together brought me great joy.
Published 8 months ago by Nicole H
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeeeet!
Very well done and captured! This documentary has so many layers to it, beyond Monica and David having Downs and falling in love. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julie Guardado
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing
This documentary was truly amazing and inspiring. Monica and David have such a unique kind of relationship that is filled with a lot of love and compassion. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet
It was interesting. A bravo for these parents and their dedication. May they have long extended and healthy lives so they can continue their dedication.
Published 10 months ago by sandy sussman
5.0 out of 5 stars Put This Movie On Your GOTTA SEE List!!
My oldest daughter told me about this film and told me I had to see it. SSSooooo glad I not only saw it, but bought it! This movie was wonderful on so many levels!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Wheaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
It is rare for anyone with Down's syndrome to get married. Caregivers could have logical concerns if this will decrease or increase the chances of their needs being neglected... Read more
Published 14 months ago by mr. contrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie!
I have worked with developmentaly disabled people in the past. They had someone that they always were in love with. This movie shows what happens when that love is put into effect. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rev. Curtis Matson
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I really loved this movie. It was very touching. It was very open and honest regarding relationships with individuals with disabilities.
Published 18 months ago by Melissa Paige
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