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Karla (2006)

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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

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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 Homolka
Misha Collins ... Paul Bernardo
Patrick Bauchau ... Dr. Arnold
Emilie Jacobs ... Peggy
Alex Boyd ... Nick
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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Karla See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,416
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot entirely in the United States, with an American cast and crew. Nobody in the Canadian film industry wanted to be involved with it. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the New York-Ontario border is in the woods. In real life, the New York-Ontario border is made up of the Niagara River, the St. Lawrence River, and Lake Ontario. The New York-Quebec border is in the woods. See more »

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[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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In some versions, during the epilogue right before the end credits, there's an extra intertitle that reads, "Her IQ has been measured at about 132, signifying very superior intelligence". See more »

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Deal With The Devil
29 August 2014 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Based on an infamous real-life case, "Karla" tells the story of a woman named Karla Homolka (Laura Prepon) who gets involved with an upwardly mobile and superficially charming Paul Bernardo (Misha Collins), a man who evaded arrest as the real-life "Scarborough Rapist". In the film, the two hunt down several young girls who are eventually murdered, either by Karla or by Paul. The attacks took place, and the movie is set, in Ontario, Canada, near Toronto. The time period is the early 1990s.

What I find annoying here is the script's POV and plot structure. The entire film is told from Homolka's point of view which, not surprisingly, minimizes her involvement in the various crimes, and to some extent paints her as something of an abused victim of Bernardo. Further, the awful crimes are told in flashback, as she relates them to a prison psychiatrist. These in-house prison scenes are dull and slow. Though Homolka no doubt bears a lot of responsibility for what happened, the real devil here is Paul Bernardo. And the script should have been a straightforward rendering of the murders wherein both Karla and Paul were present.

Casting and acting are fine. Photography contains a lot of side lighting, which casts a gloomy mood over many scenes. Some of the music is eerie and ominous, which foreshadows oncoming dreadful actions.

There was at least one attempt to ban this film, which would have amounted to censorship. Many viewers hate this movie because they feel like it's an attempt to capitalize on human suffering. But many crime films are based on true-life murders and other non-fiction tragedies.

The appropriate audience for this film would be viewers who are interested in true crime, and who can look dispassionately on the people involved, including villains. I'm glad I saw "Karla" because it is based on a real-life case, but I don't think I want to watch it again.


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