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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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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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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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Connections

References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

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Quién es esa chavala
Written by Carlos Mejía (as Carlos Mejía Godoy)
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The other side of the story
9 May 2006 | by Back_Row_BabeSee all my reviews

I saw this first at the Watershed in Bristol, a celebration of that city's twinning arrangement with the Nicaraguan town of Puerto Morazan. The town had just been devastated by Hurricane Mitch and the ensuing floods, yet the resourceful people of Morazan had emerged from the disaster without loss of life, and yet again they got on with their lives. They are used to this, after generations of bouncing back from flood, volcano, earthquake, military dictatorship and the hegemony of the global megacorporations backed by the US government. And their representatives tell us that Ken Loach's film gives their small voice a hearing.

This is my favourite amongst Loach's films. It combines its political message - an important one - with comedy and a touching love story. It should be better known.


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