Jim Caviezel, who played Christ in the Passion, returns to the screen in a "Christ-figure" role. Here he sacrifices his life to bring life to a little boy named David. An excellent heart-pulling film about an incredible journey.

(2004) Film Review

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CREDITS

Directed by Paul Feig
Novel by Anne Holm
Screenplay by Paul Feig

Cast (in credits order)
Ben Tibber .... David
James Caviezel .... Johannes
Joan Plowright .... Sophie
Hristo Shopov .... The Man
Silvia De Santis .... Elsa
Paco Reconti .... Giovanni
Roberto Attias .... Baker
Francesco De Vito .... Roberto
Paul Feig .... American Man
Lucy Russell .... American Woman
Maria Bonnevie .... David's Mother
Viola Carinci .... Maria
Marin Jivkov .... Cecha
Robert Syulev .... Angelo
Alessandro Sperduti .... Carlo
Shaila Rubin .... Vineyard Owner

Produced by
Davina Belling .... producer
Andrea Borella .... line producer
Lauren Levine .... producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
Plamen Voynovsky .... co-producer
Vladimir Voynovsky .... co-producer

Original Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography by Roman Osin
Film Editing by Steven Weisberg



MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements and violent content.
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I Am David
by Anne Holm, L. W. Kingsland (Translator)

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SYNOPSIS
An extraordinary family adventure, I AM DAVID follows a twelve year-old boy as he boldly escapes from an East European prison camp and makes an incredible personal journey to freedom. Fleeing with only a compass, half a loaf of bread and a sealed, secret letter he must carry across the continent, David cannot foresee the dramatic odyssey that awaits him. From stowing away on a ship bound for Italy, to facing his fears of the dangerous outside world, to the unexpected revelation of his true identity, David discovers for the first time the real meaning of courage, trust, laughter and hope.

Based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel by Anne Holm, I AM DAVID celebrates the indomitable human spirit and captures the thrill of a child tasting the wonders and excitement of life for the first time. The film is written and directed by Paul Feig (the Emmy-nominated creator of television’s “Freaks and Geeks”). The cast includes Oscar nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Joan Plowright (“Enchanted April”), acclaimed American actor Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ”) and newcomer Ben Tibber in the role of David. The producers are Clive Parsons, Davina Belling and Lauren Levine.

When the story begins, freedom is just a dream to David (Ben Tibber), a young boy who has grown up a captive in a 1950s labor camp with almost no knowledge of the outside world or what happened to his family. Everything he knows about life has been taught to him by his fellow prisoner and mentor Johannes (Jim Caviezel). One night David is helped to make a brave break from the camp and is handed a mysterious letter he is told must reach Denmark, a place David has never heard of, let alone knows how to find. Relying on his wits and courage, David manages to evade the prison commandos, attempt a dangerous border crossing and hide away on a freighter headed for Italy, but his adventure is only just beginning.

In Italy, David discovers something beyond his imagination: a country at peace. He has no idea how to get along in this brave new world -- the only advice he’s ever been given is to trust no one. He doesn’t understand the most basic aspects of everyday life -- doesn’t know what money is, how to use silverware or even how to smile. It’s as if he must learn how to live in the world from scratch, and each day brings both shocking new terrors and exhilarating new pleasures. When David is taken in by a kind aristocratic Italian family, he is so happy to at last have a home, he almost gives up on his quest to reach Denmark. But the journey must go on. Haunted by memories, David crosses into Switzerland, where he meets an artist recovering from her own tragedy, Sophie (Joan Plowright), the woman who will help him find the key to his identity and his destiny at last.



REVIEW BY DAVID BRUCE
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Click to enlargeBORN INNOCENT, RUINED BY THE WORLD
This is David, a prisoner in an East European concentration Camp. All he knows is inhumanity. David has no father and only a faint memory of his mother.
Click to enlargeJ ENTERS DAVID'S LIFE AS HIS SAVIOR
This is Johannes, the only kind and compassionate person David knows in prison. Here is one of the screen's best portrayals of a Christ-figure.
Click to enlargeJ TAKES ON THE SIN OF DAVID
For the crime of stealing a bar of soap, the prisoners are lined up for interrogation. Although David is guilty, Johannes takes the bar of soap from David and suffers the punishment in David's place. Johannes is executed.
Click to enlargeTHE DEATH OF J SETS DAVID FREE
His death sets off a series of events that allows David to escape to freedom.
Click to enlargeTHE JOY OF NEW LIFE
David is thrilled with new life and celebrates it with a bath (baptism) before beginning on his journey north (upward). The story is told in a linear style with nonlinear flashbacks. It is filled with parallels to a Spiritual journey with Christ.
Click to enlargePARADISE GAINED
David completes his long journey and discovers the rewards of faithfully following the path J set out for him. And what is this paradise David discovers? Well for that you must see this remarkable film.
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