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"I am" tells the story of Kundel, a boy searching for his place in life, his identity. After running away from an orphanage where he is treated as an outcast among outcasts by both his ... See full synopsis »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Piotr Jagielski ...
Kundel
Agnieszka Nagórzycka ...
Kuleczka
Edyta Jungowska ...
Kundel's Mother
Barbara Szkaluba ...
Kuleczka's sister (as Basia Szkaluba)
Pawel Wilczak ...
Kuleczka's Father
Marcin Sztabinski ...
Chudy
Lucjan Bienkowski ...
Stary
Agnieszka Podsiadlik ...
Waitress
Elzbieta Okupska ...
Cook
Janusz Chabior ...
Guy
Przemyslaw Bluszcz ...
Policeman
Tomasz Beker ...
Young Policeman
Kevin Rolof ...
Young Kundel
Piotr Andrykowski ...
Gang Member
Mateusz Andrykowski ...
Gang Member
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"I am" tells the story of Kundel, a boy searching for his place in life, his identity. After running away from an orphanage where he is treated as an outcast among outcasts by both his peers and the adults in charge... See full synopsis »

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Beautiful, honest and not to watch if you're depressed.
22 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film carries the same spirit and almost the same story as "Nobody Knows" (Daremo Shiranai) by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. It is truthfully told without resorting to feel-good plot twists, and earns its laughs and tears honestly. If anything, it continually points the viewer to the underlying rottenness of anything or anybody superficially attractive. Children's laughter is stained either with cruelty, substance abuse or deep sorrow. The adults are either mean and domineering, self-absorbed, or kind but powerless to help. There's only an ineffectual hint of adult protectiveness of a throw-away child, and even the police respond with annoyance rather than genuine concern for the welfare of the 11-year-old boy who is at the center of this story.

Unlike other reviewers, I don't think this movie is too pretty. It's mostly dark and grimy. Even scenes at the water's edge and in the woods are dotted with refuse, which the kid harvests for useful items and things he can sell. I got the sense that any residual beauty that this child perceives is what keeps him from committing suicide or joining the other lost boys getting high on inhalants. His ambition is to be a poet. I took the visuals to be his poet's-eye view of his hard-scrabble life.

He's Pinocchio made flesh with no Geppetto or Jiminy Cricket in sight. As with the kids in "Nobody Knows," his ultimate fate remains un-foretold. Both movies left me in tears. I was surprised to see this aired on MHz Worldview's excellent film series, "For the Family." I wouldn't let children watch this without a trusted adult also watching. In that sense, it is a family movie, not boob-tube babysitting fare.


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