The David Dance
I'll be honest. I had some misgivings when I first began watching the "The David Dance." At the start, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the film, but once I reached the end of the movie I was overwhelmed with all different kinds of emotions and plenty of tears. This is truly one of those movies that gets to the heart and soul of a person.
If you have ever felt love of any kind, this movie is for you. If you have ever met someone who was "the one," but you just didn't know it at the time, this movie is for you. If you have ever come across someone who has had a different view-other than your own -- and didn't know how to establish common ground -- "The David Dance" is the surprise of the LGBT film circuit.
The movie begins with David doing his "Danger Dave" gay chat show in the studio. His show is about to go off air and he is giving it one last hurrah. His lover, who also happens to be his assistant, is getting ready to move out of the house they share. They are more than just lovers, but David has never been good with emotions, and he has essentially shut Chris out.
David is someone who has a hard time accepting himself, which is why he hides behind his "Danger Dave" persona. For him, it's safer that way. It allows him to say the things he wants to say, but not be the person he truly is. David is struggling with his own identity and feelings, as well as how he really feels about his boyfriend Chris. Through his radio chat show, he lives one life. But outside of the studio he is very shy and hard to get to. His boyfriend and lover wants a commitment, but every time he approaches the subject, David shuts him down. It becomes even worse once he loses his chat show and his older sister Katie dies. Katie is his whole world, and when she passes on, David begins to lose it even more.
This story is rampant with flashbacks that tell the story of how David and his assistant/boyfriend met. More importantly, it tells the story of Katie. Through the flashbacks you learn about their relationship, and how she always looked out for him. Over the course of these flashbacks, you learn about how she wants to adopt a child and asks David for help. David is unsure of this, which of course is another reason for his self-loathing. Through a series of events, Katie is not able to fulfill her promise to this young girl. This forces David to grow up and take care of things., but more importantly, it forces David to take care of himself.
This also makes David come to terms about his love for Chris and their destiny together. David learns to find common ground with one of his talk show detractors. He learns that even though she and he didn't see eye-to-eye on certain issues, they are not that uncommon after all. They both need something to believe in.
"The David Dance" teaches us that we are never truly alone. We are all connected in some way. We all have something in common. Sometimes we have to lose someone we care about the most, in order to see the bigger picture. Sometimes it takes losing that special someone to help us see the promises we need to fulfill, for us and them. It's about destiny, and more importantly, our destiny. "The David Dance" helps us to understand that sometimes we have to step outside of our safe zone in order to find lasting and fulfilling happiness.
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