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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 »

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... George Lennox
Oyanka Cabezas ... Carla
Scott Glenn ... Bradley
Salvador Espinoza Salvador Espinoza ... Rafael
Louise Goodall Louise Goodall ... Maureen
Richard Loza Richard Loza ... Antonio
Gary Lewis ... Sammy
Subash Singh Pall Subash Singh Pall ... Victor (as Subash Sing Pall)
Stewart Preston Stewart Preston ... McGurk
Margaret McAdam Margaret McAdam ... George's Mother
Pamela Turner Pamela Turner ... Eileen
Greg Friel Greg Friel ... Keyboard Player
Anne Marie Timoney Anne Marie Timoney ... Warden (as Ann-Marie Timoney)
Andy Townsley Andy Townsley ... Taxi Driver
Alicia Devine Alicia Devine ... Hospital Sister
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | Spain | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La canción de Carla See more »

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| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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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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Oh Read (Palo de mayo)
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This film really surprised me... a real masterpiece!!
26 April 1999 | by Marjorie-4See all my reviews

I am a great admirer of Ken Loach, the way he can make you get emotionally involved in the plots of his movies and how he designs his movies so one can fully comprehend the social situation his characters are living. The atmospheres created by him show us examples of a social realism confronted by modern day people (especially in England).

When I started watching this movie, I really had no idea of the turn it would take. When it turned out that "Carla" was from Nicaragua, and it was taking place in the time of heavy war, I didn't imagine the masterfulness with which he recreated the events. Since I live in Honduras, I was very well informed and concerned about the Nicaraguan revolution. All the scenes, the music and the whole environment really caused a great impact on me. I could swear I was watching a documentary instead of a movie. Living near that country and being in contact with its people helped me understand the hardships they went through. And the situation painted by Loach of how the Nicaraguans felt and reacted about the war was incredibly realistic!!

Carlyle's character was superb!! He showed emotions that were very pure and sincere not only to "Carla" but to the whole situation. He was just too good a person, he showed us unselfish feelings that nowadays are very hard to find in our society, which is oriented mainly to material purposes rather than spiritual fulfillment.

This is the kind of humanistic films that should be made to teach people about the "real world" and true, unselfish comprehensive and devoted love. A love that goes so deep that one is willing to do anything for the other's happiness and wellbeing... even if it means letting them go.


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