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River City meets the Killing Fields,
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This review is from: Carla's Song (Director's Cut) [DVD] (DVD)
Carla's Song is a strange film, but highly watchable. The concept of a Glasgow bus driver taking pity on a Nicaraguan refugee with no money to pay her fare and then falling for her is an unusual one. Does it work? Kind of, but not really. The relationship accelerates at an implausible pace and before we know it the Glasgow bus driver has dumped his blonde fiancee and is in Central America rapidly learning about the sandanistas etc amidst guerilla warfare.
Although the premise of the film is quite strange it's still an entertaining story and has a number of amusing scenes. For example, the dialogue exchange at the very end about the CIA and the Glasgow buses is an absolute classic.
Set in 1987, the film-makers have paid attention to detail (including the old red Strathclyde Regional Council buses and Glasgow's Miles Better t-shirts). Some of the actors here are also familiar faces and do seem to pop up all the time in Scottish films (Orphans, My Name Is Joe etc).
Overall, an unusual, amusing tale of contrasts (urban Glasgow and the Nicaraguan jungle), dark at times and with light humour, but entertaining.
There's also a raft of useful extras on this DVD package.