Carla's Song

A dream called freedom. A nightmare called Nicaragua.
Carla's Song
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Format:  DVD
item number:  SM 5066D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Fox Lorber
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 2,307
...A moving, rhapsodic love story that's also part political thriller, part psychodrama...
Box Office
Oct 1, 1997
Rating: C- -- It really wasn't that bad of a film, it was just too flat and preachy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- Oyanka Cabezas is an absolute revelation as Carla: unbelievably subdued and melancholic in Glasgow, yet she comes alive with vivacity and passion on arriving in Nicaragua. Full Review
Patrick Nabarro
Oct 31, 2019
...Carlyle is an actor of formidable concentration and expressiveness...
Los Angeles Times
Aug 31, 1998
A striking and memorable film about the emotional firefights that flare up when the personal and the political are linked. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Mar 3, 2002
An extraordinary illustration of the power of the cinematic art form. Full Review
Film Journal International
Jan 5, 2007
Ken Loach's most logistically ambitious movie...
Jun 1, 2005

Product Description:

Paul Laverty drew on his experiences as a lawyer working with human rights groups in Nicaragua in writing the script for CARLA'S SONG, which stars Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING) as George, a Glasgow bus driver. Attracted to Carla (Oyanka Cabezas), a beautiful but impoverished Nicaraguan woman who often rides his bus, he sometimes allows her to ride for free--and is fired as a result. But he keeps in touch with Carla, helping her find a place to live in a spare room of a friend's apartment after learning that she's become detached from a dance troupe, forcing her to dance in the streets of Glasgow for meager remuneration. As they continue to see each other, George finds that Carla is subject to drastic mood swings, a result of her Sandinista boyfriend, Antonio (Richard Loza), having been captured by the Contras. Realizing that nothing will be resolved until Carla discovers the truth about Antonio, George agrees to accompany her to Nicaragua to try to find him. Carlyle is typically excellent in this film by hard-hitting English filmmaker Ken Loach, who is known for casting an unswerving eye on complex political and human rights issues.

Plot Synopsis:

The versatile Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING, THE FULL MONTY) stars as George, a Glasgow bus driver who risks his job by giving a free ride to a beautiful, poor Nicaraguan woman. As her helps her cope with her past, and the personal toll exacted on her by human rights abuses in her homeland, he also discovers more about himself in the process. CARLA'S SONG is another fine work of social realism from director Ken Loach (RAINING STONES).


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: May 15, 1997.
  • Shooting location: Glasgow, Scotland, and Nicaragua.
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  • Sales Rank: 10,450
  • UPC: 720917506623
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