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Karla (2006)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 2006 (France)
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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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Joel Bender

Writers:

Michael D. Sellers, Manette Rosen (as Manette Beth Rosen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Prepon ... Karla / wife
Misha Collins ... Paul / husband
Patrick Bauchau ... Dr. Arnold
Emilie Jacobs ... Peggy / Karla's friend
Alex Boyd ... Nick / Paul's friend
Carole White ... Waitress (as Carole Ita White)
Fiona Manners Fiona Manners ... Rape Victim 1
Shawn Hoffman ... Detective Kirby
Adam Lieberman ... Detective Morgan
Cherilyn Hayres ... Tammy Homolka
William Duffy ... Detective Porter
Tanya Lemelle Tanya Lemelle ... Rape Victim 2
Tony Shawkat Tony Shawkat ... Border Guard 1
Kristen Honey ... Tina McCarthy (as Kristen Swieconek)
Cole James Cole James ... Tina's Friend
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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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Evil has a beautiful face. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

Since the film's release, Misha Collins has said that he regrets participating in it. He said that he was unaware of the infamy and strong emotions in Canada surrounding the crimes. After a telephone conversation with a victim who managed to escape, he now routinely tells people not to watch the film, especially when it comes up at Supernatural (2005) conventions. Occasionally, fans ask him to sign their DVDs of the film. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

The film was scheduled to have its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival in August 2005, but it got pulled due to the controversy surrounding it. Since then some of the rape scenes of the teen girls have been removed for the 2006 theatrical release in order not to break any Canadian child pornography laws. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Murder Made Me Famous: Ken & Barbie Killers (2018) See more »

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A difficult film to watch...
23 October 2007 | by OnthethresholdSee all my reviews

Being Canadian and the fact this film isn't widely available up here I feel compelled to offer some comment on what many consider a tragic story exploited for financial gain to no end.

Those of us that lived this story back in the early 1990's and the subsequent trial of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka can attest to the degree of disgust many felt at the crimes these two committed. The film is accurate in many respects as to details of the story, but make no mistake that the details were far more sadistic and brutal than what has been portrayed in this movie. At least to those of us that have read the transcripts of the videotapes that Bernardo took of his victims, and one can hardly blame the director from omitting those details or forcing an actor to play such a role out.

My only beef with this movie however is that it does attempt to paint a picture of Karla Homolka being just as much a victim here as Bernardo, and although no one can deny she was under his influence and subject to this violent outbursts, to suggest she had no control over this situation and simply tagged along for the ride is to suggest that she was just as much a victim of Bernardo as the two murder victims. Those versed in this case know much better and the role she may have played in the death of Kristen French (aka Kaitlyn Ross) is something we'll likely never know as there are those that suggest she was directly responsible for killing the second victim.

The acting in this film is nothing notable, but given the nature of the roles played here it's wonder they found anyone to play these two to begin with. Because of the difficult subject matter I'll let the mediocre acting pass because for it to be much better would almost be like saying the actors immersed themselves perhaps a little too much in characters that most would find revolting and if not downright sickening.

In the final analysis, 'Karla' is a film you'll only watch once and personally I don't think this was necessarily ever meant to be a movie for mass consumption either at the theatre or your local videostore. That being said, Canadians should have the right to see this movie for those so inclined vs. having the state tell us what is suitable or unsuitable for our viewing pleasure as there are movies out on the market FAR more disturbing about real life events than this flick could ever hope to be.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2006 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,416
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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