DOVID MEYER is about a young religious Israeli boy (Dovid) whose beloved father is killed by Terrorist rocket fire in Southern Israel. His mother, Elivsheva, his sisters Yael and Ruthie, and Dovid, are left to fend for themselves in a tiny flat with no income in Mea Shearim. They know that it’s only a matter of time before they’re homeless.
There is something very special about Dovid. He is wise way beyond his years and full of ‘chutzpah’. Dovid goes out at gets a job at the avuncular Reb Yitzhak’s tailor shop in addition to his full days of working and learning at his yeshiva. But Dovid soon realizes his salary is not enough to keep his sinking family afloat. He takes evasive action: Finding an ad in the International Herald Tribune for a British Family looking asap for an au pair, Dovid crafts a letter/resume withholding the fact that he’s a boy.
Cut To: The Kalman family in England reading this wonderful resume from someone in Israel they take to be a proper young lady. Being desperate as they have gone through a series of ‘bad’ nannies and au pairs, (plus we learn Sarah Kalman is sick and must go to hospital), The Kalman’s send a ticket and hire this Israeli ‘girl’.
When the two Kalman children, Michael and Judy, with their parents run outside to greet their limo and chauffeur who just picked up ‘Ms. Meyer’ at Heathrow, they freeze in shock and surprise when a young Chassidic boy steps from the limo, sidelocks blowing in the breeze, black hat, and irresistible smile on his face. Hello Dovid Meyer.
DOVID MEYER shows how one boy full of life, humor and FAITH, (despite having just lost his own father) brings a Jewish and Spiritual awakening to the Kalmans, unites two desperate families, and spreads his wisdom and wonder and magic into our world.
This is a powerful film, revealing the dedication of many in the Jewish faith, particularly a young man named Dovid Meyer. Ted Sutherland gives an outstanding performance as the young man Dovid, and his dedication in caring for his mother and family following his father’s death is commendable, as is the impression he makes on a husband and wife in England when he is hired by them to care for their children. He touches their lives as much as the children’s lives. He awakens their faith within themselves.
This movie is about spiritual renewal and dedication in following God. It also clearly reveals how one person can make a difference in other people’s lives. The theme of Jewish practices and death is a bit much for young children so we are recommending the film for ages twelve plus. “Dovid Meyer” is a film you won’t forget.