When I Walk

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  • Summary: In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn't get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which couldIn 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn't get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love. Expand

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  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 31, 2013
    90
    When I Walk is extraordinarily accomplished, poignant, and wise.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 24, 2013
    90
    Astonishingly, this is neither as depressing nor as arm-twistingly uplifting as you might expect. Mr. DaSilva’s experience behind a camera shows in his brisk pacing, clear narrative structure and the awareness that a story of sickness needs lighthearted distractions.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 22, 2013
    80
    It's an often gut-wrenching viewing experience in which the triumphs of the hero are hard won.
  4. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Oct 28, 2013
    80
    The arc and uplift of the story might be familiar, but thanks to DaSilva’s magnetism and skillful direction, this is way more than a conventional weeper.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 8, 2013
    70
    The pic is a bit clunky at times in its structure of blackout-separated chapters, and its subjects aren’t the most articulate folks, but it’s all kept relatable by their almost unshakably upbeat attitudes.
  6. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    Oct 23, 2013
    70
    When I Walk makes it very clear that Jason isn’t all alone despite his support system. Rather, his support system, including his mom, makes him who he is, even more than his malfunctioning legs and hands.
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  1. May 12, 2014
    9
    A portrait of daily life with MS, but also with some educational bits (how society handles disabled people, how to deal with illness).

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    A portrait of daily life with MS, but also with some educational bits (how society handles disabled people, how to deal with illness).

    It's been a while since a documentary made me cry, but to see these people do so much out of love, despite so much bad, hit me right where it matters and instantly inspired me. I hope I will remember and draw from this movie for many years. Thank you so much to both Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook.

    From the onset of his symptoms and his best efforts to ease them by training, Jason captures the story up to life in a wheelchair and the relationships that make it remain a life. I was so discomforted while seeing the early symptoms, but how these people manage to live and laugh is something every person on earth could draw wisdom from. When a family member remarks that the appearance of Alice in his life was a gift from God, it seemed justified.

    When I Walk can be viewed as both educational, a love story, inspiration from people who set examples, and as a technically very well-made film.

    Highly recommended.
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