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U.K., Spain, Germany, 1996
Directed by Ken Loach
Written by Paul Laverty
With Robert Carlyle, Oyanka Cabezas, Scott Glenn
Approx. 126 mins. 35mm.

“George (Carlyle), a Glaswegian bus driver, is headstrong and goofy enough to steal his sweetheart away on a diversion around Loch Lomond in his double-decker. The object of his affection, Carla (Cabezas), is a refugee from Nicaragua. Alerted to her suicidal tendencies, George persuades Carla to return with him to Central America, so that she can confront the ghosts of her past, and resolve her relationship with the mysterious Antonio. The year's 1987, and he has no idea what life's really like in a war zone.”  – Time Out


“At its most effective in scenes that feel semi-improvised, in which George breaks through the barriers of language and culture to establish a warm camaraderie with Sandinista soldiers and peaceful villagers who are under attack from the contras. Its portrait of an idealistic peasant-based army and its supporters standing up to a ruthless enemy is unabashedly nostalgic for the leftist dream the Sandinistas once represented.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“...catches fire and blazes with suspense and emotion...”
L.A. Times

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