Karen Cries on the Bus (2011)
"Karen llora en un bus" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  13 May 2011 (Colombia)
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Karen discovers, after 10 years of marriage, she has left behind her dreams devoting herself to home chores and realizes it has been a mistake that cost her her youth. She decides then to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Alexen ...
Emerson Rodríguez ...
Alberto (as Emerson Rodríguez Gómez)
Margarita Rosa Gallardo ...
Doña Magda
Maria Leon ...
Consuelo (Karen's mother) (as María León Arias)
Hernán Kaviativa ...
Angela León ...
Sandra (as Ángela León Guzmán)
David Guerrero ...
Roberto (English courses)
Julio Cesar Bula Chavarro ...
Restaurant owner (as Julio César Bula)
Martha Osorio ...
Mafe (as Martha Constanza Rodríguez Osorio)
David Orlando Noreña Rodríguez ...
María Eugenia Prieto ...
Patricia's mother
Ruth Janneth Mendieta ...
Bookstore manager
Marina Montealegre ...
Juan Camilo Cárdenas Obando ...
Man in store 1
Alexander Archila ...
Man in store 2


Karen discovers, after 10 years of marriage, she has left behind her dreams devoting herself to home chores and realizes it has been a mistake that cost her her youth. She decides then to separate and go in search of a life of its own. With her savings she rents a room in the center of Bogota and tries to get a job, but her age and inexperience makes it difficult. Karen will have to decide between returning to the stability of a relationship or facing life for herself. Written by Anonymous

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Strong On Theme - Compelling & Realistic Screenplay: This is How Art-house Movies Ought To Be.
3 July 2011 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

This movie simply oozes with theme. There is a strong thread woven with loneliness and despair running through the opening minutes of this movie which seems relentless. It is excellently directed, acted and produced. I found myself glued to every moment, wondering how it would transpire for our protagonist, Karen: Nether hero nor 'anti-hero' - but purely human, with problems, seeking resolve in the life in which she finds herself.

Loneliness and alienation are most compellingly what drives this movie thoughtfully forward. Yet it is, surprisingly, not a depressing movie. Moreover, it is very much that rare thing nowadays: a great movie. At times subtle perhaps even whimsical overtones of hope perfectly complement the engaging story of Karen who first appears to us, crying, lonely on a bus, traveling somewhere; And yet, in a sense, nowhere. But where is she going, and why? Screenplay is first class as is everything else about this production. Albeit its musical score is perhaps underplayed. Still, that's hardly a fault. Direction, as mentioned, is as masterful as everything else about this starkly believable movie. So the only element which could possibly have been improved upon in this movie was its understated musical score. And if that's the only criticism one could say of a movie, doesn't that suggest this is something very special?

Our interest as viewers is perfectly piqued from the offset. And our hold remains throughout this true little gem of a movie. I hope you'll find it as stimulating in so many ways as I did. For this is a very human movie which is also existential, and angst driven. This movie is quality throughout. All in all, 'Karen Cries On The Bus' is a most excellent, realistic and very human film.

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