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I Am David (2003)

PG | | Drama | 3 December 2004 (USA)
A 12-year-old boy escapes from a Bulgarian Communist concentration camp and sets out on a journey to reach Denmark.

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Hristo Shopov ...
Roberto Attias ...
Baker
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Roberto
Marin Jivkov ...
Cecha
Robert Syulev ...
Angelo
Elisabetta Bartolomei ...
Woman at Party
Krasimir Kutzoparov ...
Camp Officer (as Krassimir Kutzuparov)
Krassimir Radkov ...
Party Guest
Diyan Machev ...
Party Guest (as Deyan Machev)
Clem Tibber ...
Young David
Adrian McCourt ...
David's Father
Nikola Rudarov ...
Store Owner
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Believe in the power to change your destiny

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Rated PG for thematic elements and violent content | See all certifications »

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3 December 2004 (USA)  »

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O Sonho da Liberdade  »

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$160,346 (USA) (5 December 2004)

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$284,002 (USA) (19 December 2004)
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"Young David" is played by Clem Tibber, the real-life younger brother of Ben Tibber who played David through the rest of the film. See more »

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In the belly of the ship, David lights a match. In one shot, the match is burnt almost in half. In the next shot, it is a newly-lit match. See more »

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Title Card: In the years after World War II, many people in Eastern Europe were sent to forced labor camps for disagreeing with their new governments. Because of this, families were torn apart. Life in these camps was very harsh, and escape was not an option. And yet, for one boy named David, it was his only hope...
The Man: Are you listening to me? You must escape from here tonight. It's your only chance to stay alive. If you follow my instructions and make it out of the camp. Travel when it's dark to...
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Ruphinka is Taken Ill
Written by Kosta Kolev
Performed by Vesselin Djigov
Courtesy of Bulgarian National Radio
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A Magnificent Journey to the Goodness of People
28 July 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1952, the polyglot twelve year-old David (Ben Tibber), who was raised in the Communist Belene Prison Camp in Bulgaria, witnesses the death of his friend and protector Johannes (Jim Caviezel) and escapes from the concentration camp in the night. He is advised to mistrust everybody and together with a piece of bread, a compass, a piece of soap, a jackknife and a sealed envelope to be delivered in Denmark, he travels though Greece and Italy heading North. Along his journey, David discovers the beauty of the world and slowly he changes his behavior with people. When he meets Sophie (Joan Plowright), an old lady that lives in Switzerland and likes to paint as hobby, she asks David to paint his face; later she invites David to have lunch with her in her house, and David finally discloses his quest to her.

"I Am David" is a magnificent journey to the goodness of people. The expressive Ben Tibber has a stunning performance in the role of the boy David, who was raised confined in a concentration camp and surrounded by cruelties, that begins to smile and trust people along his travel through Europe. It is amazing how this young actor is able to transmit these sensations and emotions through his face and eyes. Joan Plowright performs a wise old woman that teaches David that most of the people are good and opens his heart. The direction, performances, cinematography, locations, pace, message etc., everything works perfectly in this great movie. Last but not the least, the conclusion is heartbreaking. My vote is nine.

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