firstname.lastname@example.org | UK | 06/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Possibly Ken Loach's finest work. If you only know Robert Carlyle from The Full Monty, then view this. Thee won't be a dry eye in the house. The DVD transfer is disappointing & the extras are minimal to say the least but the quality of the story & film making outshine any technical misgivingd"
Ken loach comes to america
brucethepusherman | san francisco,ca | 02/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"in carlla's song, ken loach explores love in the midst of hell when a reckless and irresponsible bus driver (robert carlyle) falls in love with a beautiful but suicidal nicaraguan refugee(oyanka cabezas). she is suffering from severe case of survivor's guilt and as the driver falls deeper and deeper in love with her, it becomes obvious that he is going to have to quelle her nigtmares and that means taking her back to a nicaraguan war zone to confront her demons. Ken loach's matter of fact ease with situational dialogue translates well into all of the necessary languages, and the result is a very special movie."
Shusuke Shimonaka | Tokyo,Japan | 08/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this film, Director Ken loach sucessfully crystalized his unshaken belief on humanity.
there's clear difference between his former film "land and freedom", both films descrive one indivisual goes through wartime in foreign country and the end of personal relationship they confront in the middle of chaotic situation. However, unlike "Land and freedom", the hero,Jorge,bus driver in Glassgow,never has been politically motivated character in the first place. He went to nicaragua together with his girlfriend, Carla, to help her to face her past by finding her ex-boyfriend and to overcome inner trauma and scar. Jorge eventully started being frustrated with his powerlessness against the inhuman crisis ongoing in her homeland.
Contrally to "land and freedom" The story moves on from personal reality to political reality. Yet more importantly, this film beautifully captures one's spiritual growth through relationship. I think that's what makes this film so real, powefull and thought provoking one."