A Love Story: Monica & David
The documentary Monica & David is a love story in the traditional sense; two people meet, fall in love, get married and settle in for a life together. However, it is also a story about the love of mother and child, for without their strong mothers this love story would not have been written. What makes this story so unique is that Monica and David both have Downs syndrome. They were both raised by single moms who work diligently to provide them the tools and training to become happy and fulfilled adults. They are both examples of how strong family support can make all the difference in the lives of people with special needs.
This documentary takes place in the course of a year, beginning a few days before the happy couple exchange their wedding vows, and ending at their one year anniversary. The love and devotion these two share with each other is unmistakable and emanates from the screen. One of my favorite lines in the documentary is spoken by Monica a few days before the wedding when she says, “It’s all about him, and all about me. This is my life, to be with my husband forever”. And in the end the viewer is left feeling that indeed they will make it together as a couple, with the help of their devoted family. There are some sad moments in the film. One of the most heartbreaking moments is when Monica admits she would like to have children with David. Monica's mother expresses her concerns and tells the audience that she doesn't think it would be possible for the couple to care for a child of their own. However, the sadness is out shined by the love and hope that comes across in this film.
This exploration of the marriage of this young couple with Downs syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs won many awards including Best Documentary in the Tribeca Film Festival. It is a wonderful window into the lives of families with special needs children and is suitable for family viewing.