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I Am David (2003)

PG | | Drama | 3 December 2004 (USA)
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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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David
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Johannes
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Sophie
Hristo Shopov ...
The Man
Silvia De Santis ...
Elsa
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Giovanni
Roberto Attias ...
Baker
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Roberto
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American Man
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American Woman
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David's Mother
Viola Carinci ...
Maria
Marin Jivkov ...
Cecha
Robert Syulev ...
Angelo
Alessandro Sperduti ...
Carlo
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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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O Sonho da Liberdade  »

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$160,346 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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$284,002 (USA) (17 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 »

Goofs

In the window of the Italian bookstore, the book on display next to the book the protagonist is looking at, is clearly, "Cieli e mari: le grandi crociere degli idrovolanti italiani (1925-1933) / Ranieri Cupini". The first edition by Mursia was in 1973, long after the events in the movie. 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 TruInside: Bridesmaids (2016) See more »

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Thëllëzë Që Shkel Mbi Vesë
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Surprisingly well adapted... as moving as the novel.
21 July 2005 | by (Queensland, Australia) – See all my reviews

I have read Anne Holm's I am David dozens of times since I first stumbled upon it as a 12 year old. It has been one of those novels that have remained with me, not just the pages, not just the story, but the way it has moved me and guided many of my decisions in life. I personally empathised with David, having been an abused child and when at 13 I became a state ward, the impossibility of trusting others to care for me were mirrored in David's own situation. This just to demonstrate how significant this work has been in my own development and connected I am with David's story.

When I heard there was a film made of this story, I was suspicious that it could not hope to reach the depths of the novel, particularly as one of the fundamental points of the novel had been changed and primarily because much of the 'action' in the novel occurs inside David's mind.

The film is significantly different to the novel in a few key details and yet it has managed to capture the essential soul of the novel, something I applaud and profoundly appreciate. Whilst the means of achieving the result is different, I was still left, as I always am when I read the story, with a deep sense of truth and love winning out over darkness and hatred. I was moved to tears once again and for all the same reasons and for that I would just like to say thank you to those involved.

I could not recommend this novel or film more deeply, particularly to those who's lives have been controlled by others who don't have their best interests at heart and who feel unable to regain control themselves. This above all things is a tribute to the ability of one who has no control and no idea how to gain control of their own lives succeeding in just that, without use of force, without manipulation or dishonesty, but simply with conviction that the goal must be achieved for whatever reason, because to not achieve it is to invite death and darkness upon yourself and upon all you touch in your life.


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