the intellectual capacity of a seven-year-old and the film
explores the critical year his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning)
turns seven and begins to eclipse him. Initially below the
radar, their situation comes under scrutiny when Lucy enters
school and a social worker intervenes to remove her from their
with a seemingly unwinnable case, Sam stumbles upon Rita Harrison
(Michelle Pfeiffer), a high-powered, self-absorbed divorce
attorney who takes his case pro bono as a challenge from her
colleagues. On the surface they appear to be drastically different
when in reality they are subtly similar. Sams compulsive
need for order is judged harshly but mirrors Ritas more
socially acceptable obsessive-compulsive nature.
relationship, while unsuspecting and even unwilling, fuses
a bond that results in an unlikely testament to the power
of unconditional love.
I Am Sam
stars Sean Penn as Sam Dawson, a mentally challenged father
raising his daughter with the help of his loyal friends and
highly intelligent agoraphobic neighbour. Although he only
possesses the intellect of a seven-year old, Sam has created
and nurtured a unique and loving bond with his daughter that
most conventional parents would envy.
Pfeiffer co-stars as Rita Harrison, a high-powered Century
City divorce attorney who has never lost a case. She leads
a seemingly perfect life filled with material wealth and social
affluence. Her manic need for perfection and success alienates
her from her own son and has been slowly destroying her self
out where to see this movie locally.
(Some films will not be shown in Leicester)