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Carla's Song (1996)

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1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her ... See full summary »

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Cast

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George Lennox
Oyanka Cabezas ...
Carla
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Salvador Espinoza ...
Rafael
Louise Goodall ...
Maureen
Richard Loza ...
Antonio
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Sammy
Subash Singh Pall ...
Victor (as Subash Sing Pall)
Stewart Preston ...
McGurk
Margaret McAdam ...
George's Mother
Pamela Turner ...
Eileen
Greg Friel ...
Keyboard Player
Anne Marie Timoney ...
Warden (as Ann-Marie Timoney)
Andy Townsley ...
Taxi Driver
Alicia Devine ...
Hospital Sister
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1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her family dispersed; she's suicidal. George takes her to Nicaragua to find out what has happened to them and to help her face her past. Once home, Carla's nightmarish memories take over, and Carla and George are thrown into the thick of the US war against the Sandinistas. A mystery develops over where Carla's boyfriend is, and the key to his whereabouts may be Carla's friend Bradley, a bitter American aid worker. She finds her family, the Contras attack, and she and the Scot face their choices. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A dream called freedom. A nightmare called Nicaragua.

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Drama | Romance | War

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15 May 1997 (USA)  »

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A Canção de Carla  »

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Trivia

Robert Carlyle learned to drive a bus for his part in the film. See more »

Quotes

George Lennox: So er... what did you do?
Bradley: CIA, Tegucigalpa, '81 to '84, Honduras. You?
George Lennox: Bus driver, double-decker, number 72, Glasgow
[impish smile]
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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

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Oh Read (Palo de mayo)
Traditional song
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One of the best British Films of the Nineties
26 February 1999 | by (Durham, England) – See all my reviews

It is easy to overlook this Ken Loach film. Critics had not been so kind about the excellent Land and Freedom as they had been in the past, and Carla's song didn't fare that well either. It seems difficult to understand why. The inimicable brand of social realism is there as is the focus on the experiences and emotions of the individual. There is even the trademark visual in-joke.

More than any other character in the recent past I cared for Carla. All performances are exceptional. What we have here is social realism that expands into political statement and ultimately human tragedy.

If at all possible, try to see this film. Carlisle's broad Scottish accent may make it difficult to follow for the non-initiated, but persevere, and you will be rewarded.


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