He indirectly pays for her legal assistance by befriending, validating, and helping her sort through her own family conflicts. Lucy loves Sam very much, however she knows he was not the average father, as she told her best friend that she was adopted. He may have developed mental disabilities, but he does not have bad health and is physically fit. Sam has a mild case of autism but is a very high functioning individual despite his mental disability. I will be describing two different scenes of the movie to show how facial expressions are an important element of communication as well as two other scenes to show how the social exchange theory of relationships works in this movie. However, when Lucy turned 7 her capacity of knowledge was much greater than her fathers and she was taken away by child services and is put to a foster home.
Main Character Description Sam: He is a mentally-challenged father who loves his daughter very much. A more frequent vehicle for the new film's emotions is the Beatles, whose songs fill the soundtrack in well-timed, nicely executed cover versions along with a few carefully placed originals. The movie tells a great story, and the work the actors put into their roles is even more impressive after watching the documentary on Sean Penn? Sam is a very simple man. I have had people come up to me and thank me for the job that I do, or I have had people ask me if I am crazy for doing the job that I do. Characterisation uses a variety of other film techniques, such as camera angles, music and lighting, to help the viewer empathise, sympathise and understand different characters. During the final custody hearing to determine if Sam, who has the mentality level of a seven… 2992 Words 12 Pages Mikaela McMorine October 21st, 2012 Analyzing an Interview Movie: I Am Sam directed by Jessie Nelson The individuals involved in the interview are a man diagnosed with Autism subject S and a female lawyer subject R.
It is a family-friendly film with strong messages about love, friendship and the argument of whether what is true is always what is best. This level of Mental Retardation can range from mild to profound. It seemed impossible for Sam to win back custody, but he shoed people how much love and structure he gave to Lucy. New Line Home Entertainment 6. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their situation comes under the scrutiny of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care.
Critical Review: I Am Sam The movie, I am Sam, is the portrayal of a mentally retarded single parent struggling to maintain custody of his normal intelligence daughter. Maybe you saw her first, but I spoke first. Rita is known as a cold ruthless lawyer only after her own interests. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. For instance, in Kramer vs.
But Sam has some friends just like him who all like to hang out just like a regular group of friends. Within his circle of acquaintances are four special needs adults who are his close friends and two normal intelligence adults who exhibit disordered behavior. Food stuffing as Rita did with the marshmallows is ritualistic, perseverative behavior. It is the simple answers, simple lessons and simple dreams that are often overlooked by social status and self-indulgence that Sam reveals with his character. The fundamental attribution error occurs when we overestimate the influence of personality traits and underestimate the influence of situational factors. I am Sam succeeds for me on many levels. Here, the issues of mental illness and retardation are seen as problematic only in terms of the responsibility that was placed on the issue.
The incidents leading up to the interview are with regards to a custody battle concerning subject S and his seven year old daughter. It is a family-friendly film with strong messages about love, friendship and the argument of whether what is true is always what is best. Throughout the film, Hermann solely utilizes a stringed orchestra. This is a touching movie, with huge emphasis on the depth of the characters. It would be nice if the script gave Mr. The scene with Sam and Lucy on the swing towards the beginning of the movie incorporates white birds flying over their heads which signifies the freedom they had, their blissful smiles and shared laughter alongside the slow and peaceful music express their happiness with one another.
Although people with mental ret. The central character is Sam Dawson around whom the movie is woven. Major Character Cast Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn Rita Harrison played by Michelle… 1581 Words 7 Pages My favorite stories from when I was young consisted of iconic characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Sam-I-Am who does not like green eggs and ham, the Grinch and his dog and many more. Brief Synopsis Mentally disabled Sam Dawson is a single father fighting to keep custody of his daughter Lucy with the help of his pro-bono lawyer, Rita Harrison. From this point the movie is a tangle of confusion, misunderstandings and arguments. The writing is almost flawless, and the use of The Beatles songs and symbolisms weaved throughout the scenes is an essential glue to hold the story together. Sam, who is faced with a nearly impossible-to-win case, decides to fight they system and pairs up with a popular attorney named Rita.
I really like the little parade back and forth past the 7-11. When this occurs Sam takes action by hiring a big name attorney to help win the case. Indeed, the overall percentage of those suffering from mental retardation in the criminal system is greater than the statistical average. She shifts her beliefs and begins to see Sam as a role model who eventually helps aid her own relationship with her son. The relationship that unfolds between Sam and Rita grows into a learning lesson of love tested from different.
Lucy Diamond Dawson is portrayed flawlessly by Dakota Fanning. However, because of her superior intellect, Annie, his female mentor, is selected to act as a character witness in his defense. And I guess in a way, raising a child really is a heroic feat. He is unexpectedly the dormant character in the film. Using this film technique gives a more documentary feel that enables the viewer to feel more part of the action.
Kramer, the unfairness stemmed from the portrayal of how the court perceived competence, that is, based on gender. Startlingly, Rita is the active character who learns from Sam. Oddly, this is the second movie this season in which a character declares that his favorite Beatle is George Harrison. In their struggle to create a defense for Sam's potential parenting abilities, Sam develops a close relationship with his neurotic lawyer. The father also pushes him down away from his child right when Lucy walks in and sees that.