Do you have your copy of the documentary "Monica and David"?
I do! But, shhhhh. I am giving it to my husband for Christmas. I got it on Amazon when it was released on DVD a couple of weeks ago. I am really excited to sit down and watch this movie again and again.
When filmmaker Alexandra Codina learned that her cousin Monica would be getting married, she got permission to film the events leading up to the wedding and the happy couple’s first year together. Codina must have known marriage, under any circumstances, is a challenge and that for Monica and fiancé David it might be even more so. Both Monica and David have Down Syndrome.
Monica & David (2009) is Codina’s documentary of that first year which was a challenge not only for the newlyweds but for their families as well. They moved in with Monica’s parents after a lavish wedding, and soon after they learned that David suffered from diabetes. Interestingly, both Monica’s and David’s fathers left when their children were very young, a theme repeated in Loving Lampposts, a documentary that looked at Autism.
An intimate look at the hopes, dreams, and realities of the new couple, Monica & David explores the fears their parents share, particularly for when they will no longer be able to care for their children. The film is funny, heartbreaking, and poignant as it drives home the realities of the couple’s life. The audience holds high hopes for the loving couple, but shares their parents’ concern for their future.