I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

The film opens with a young boy named Bart Millard who is ten years old and lives in Greenville, Texas. His dad Arthur (Dennis Quaid) is an alcoholic and berates and belittles Bart as well as Bart’s mother. Bart always has headphones on to listen to music and creates things out of odds and ends. His dad gets angry at him and throws all of his little creations into a fire pit. Bart’s mom takes Bart to a weeklong Christian camp and before dropping him off says with tears “you know I love you right?” Bart says yes and goes to the camp. As he’s walking in, he meets another young camper named Shannon who shows Bart the ropes, and they become fast friends. During the camp Bart knocks over Shannon’s journal and exposes a drawing saying “Shannon Loves Bart Millard,” and he starts to blush. Shannon confronts him about the journal the next night under a fireworks show and says that maybe someday they’ll fall in love. Young Bart comes home from camp with a moving truck in front of the house and finds out that his mom is moving away and he chases the truck down the road screaming for her not to leave.