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Karla (2006)

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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

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Waitress
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Rape Victim 1
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Detective Kirby
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Detective Morgan
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Tammy Homolka
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Detective Porter
Tanya Lemelle ...
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Tony Shawkat ...
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Tina McCarthy (as Kristen Swieconek)
Cole James ...
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Storyline

True story about a woman who falls in love with a violent rapist and murderer. Karla Homolka marries Paul Bernardo despite already having aided him in the rape and murder of her younger sister. Through their marriage he brags to her about other rapes he commits and involves Karla herself in the sexual assault and murder of two other female victims. Told from Karla's point of view. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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A controversial journey into one woman's heart of darkness. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for brutal psychotic violence including murder, rape and spousal abuse, disturbing sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »

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20 January 2006 (Canada)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In real life, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka legally changed their last name to Teale before they were arrested, after Kevin Bacon's character in Criminal Law (1988). See more »

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In the film, the Toronto Sun is published in broadsheet format. In real life, the Toronto Sun is published in tabloid format. The Toronto Star, its competitor, is a broadsheet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Arnold: Dear Karla, this is to inform you that after serving 8 years of your 12 year term, you're now eligible for parole. In connection with this eligibility, you are to be transferred to this facility for extended evaluation. After the end of which, it will be my responsibility to recommend for or against parole.
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Disturbed
29 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very disturbed to see some of the comments made about this movie. It was said that "the murder and gratuitous violence scenes were not explicit or even realistic"! They were plenty explicit and realistic, enough that I almost stopped the movie. Also, it has to be understood why Canadians did not support this movie. The victims in this movie were children victims, of a smallish, "quiet calm" community, and they were the children of this community. Imagine if this happened to your next door neighbours child, or YOUR child, and then someone wants to make a movie about it! You would be infuriated! I lived in Welland, Ontario when these people were on the loose. I was 12 years old, and my parents were paranoid nervous wrecks until these people were arrested. The day they were arrested, we did not have any classes, they parked us in front of the TV's to watch the news, and so we would have peace of mind that these evil sickos were off the street, and we were safe from them. They terrorized the communities, even the ones that we have no knowledge of them being in, they were close enough to us, that it was very possible that one of the victims could have been one of my friends, they were just too close to us. So, when you complain that this movie was not real enough, or explicit enough, just remember, it not JUST a movie, it was real life! And what you see in the movie is not even the half of all the horrible things they REALLY did.


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