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Movie Review: I Am David

February 22, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Believe in the power to change your destiny”

This extraordinary movie follows a young lad as he boldly escapes from a Bulgarian prison camp and makes an incredible journey to freedom. Fleeing with only a compass 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. This movie, adapted from a novel, celebrates the indomitable human spirit and captures the thrill of a child tasting the wonders and excitement of life for the first time.

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When the story begins, freedom is just a dream to David, 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. 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 who goes on to become the woman who will help him find the key to his identity and his destiny at last.

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  1. March 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    i read this as a novel sometime back…

  2. March 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    @ Gokul

    Yea, you are right… it has been adapted from Anne Holm’s internationally acclaimed novel, North to Freedom.

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