History Film / Karla

14th Dec '16 1:45:09 PM Scifimaster92
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* MoralEventHorizon : Paula's rape of Tammy.
14th Dec '16 1:44:00 PM Scifimaster92
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* CaliforniaDoubling: An extreme case of it - it was a Canadian production, but it was shot in America with an all-American cast because no one in Canada wanted ''anything'' to do with the production.
21st Oct '16 9:50:17 AM Morgenthaler
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''Karla'' is a 2006 Canadian motion picture drama and thriller. The film is based on the true story of two of Canada's most notorious serial killers, Paul Bernardo (Creator/MishaCollins) and Karla Homolka (LauraPrepon).

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''Karla'' is a 2006 Canadian motion picture drama and thriller. The film is based on the true story of two of Canada's most notorious serial killers, Paul Bernardo (Creator/MishaCollins) and Karla Homolka (LauraPrepon).
(Creator/LauraPrepon).
11th Sep '16 11:13:30 PM shamblingdead2
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* BlatantLies : Paul and Karla each accused the other of killing the victims, and claimed no responsibility for the murders.



* InelegantBlubbering : After Karla leaves, Paul drunkenly breaks down. In an apparent fictionalization, he seems to be DrivenToSuicide by pointing a knife at his chest. One of the ways you can tell this is set in Canada.



* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces : Karla picks up a guy in a bar and they have sex in the washroom.



* PleaBargain : Karla testified against Paul, in exchange for lenience.
* PoliceAreUseless : Bernardo was questioned at least twice in both the Scarborough Rapist case and the murders, even giving DNA including a blood sample, which was filed away. To be fair, in 1992 the technology was not as good as it is now, and even now it's a complex process.
* RapeDiscretionShot: Several shots of Paul Bernardo grabbing a girl from behind, then stops before the rape.

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* PleaBargain : Karla testified against Paul, in exchange for lenience. \n She was sentenced to twelve years in prison, with the possibility of parole in four. In real life, Karla Homolka served her full sentence and was released in 2005.
* PoliceAreUseless : Bernardo was questioned at least twice in both the Scarborough Rapist case and the murders, even giving DNA including a blood sample, which was filed away. To murders. (To be fair, in 1992 the technology was not as good as it is now, and even now it's a complex process.
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* RapeDiscretionShot: Several shots of Paul Bernardo grabbing a girl from behind, then stops before the rape. Also used when he rapes Karla and her sister in separate scenes.



* TheSociopath: Paul Bernardo. Karla herself, to some extent, given her apparent lack of concern for the victims.

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* TheSociopath: Paul Bernardo. Karla herself, to some extent, given her apparent lack of concern for the victims. A blurb during the end credits quotes the parole board describing Karla as manipulative and egocentric.
-->Despite her ability to present herself well, there is a moral vacuity and absence of empathy for her victims..."
11th Sep '16 10:56:44 PM shamblingdead2
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* AdaptationNameChange: The murder victims' names have been changed from Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French to Tina Mc Carthy and Kaitlyn Ross, respectively. For obvious reasons.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Kaitlyn to Karla.
--> Why do you stay?
* BerserkButton : Calling Paul a "bastard." This gives the second victim a tiny CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
--> Kaitlyn: Some things are worth dying for.
--> Paul : Who am I?
--> Kaitlyn: You're a bastard!



* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals : Karla sleeps with a teddy bear. In real life, its name was Bunky The Bear, and [[PetTheDog she gave it to Kristen French]] to hold.
* GodivaHair : Kaitlyn's hair covers her bare chest.



* FairyTaleWeddingDress : Karla wears one during her wedding to Paul. It even has BigPoofySleeves, yet is somewhat less elaborate than the real life Homolka wedding dress (which had lace).

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* FairyTaleWeddingDress : Karla wears one during her wedding to Paul. It even has BigPoofySleeves, GiantPoofySleeves, yet is somewhat less elaborate than the real life Homolka wedding dress (which had lace).


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* PetTheDog : Karla brushes Kaitlyn's hair out of her face.


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* PleaBargain : Karla testified against Paul, in exchange for lenience.
* PoliceAreUseless : Bernardo was questioned at least twice in both the Scarborough Rapist case and the murders, even giving DNA including a blood sample, which was filed away. To be fair, in 1992 the technology was not as good as it is now, and even now it's a complex process.


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* StockholmSyndrome : Karla to Paul, although it's questionable.
11th Sep '16 10:32:56 PM shamblingdead2
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* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule : The second murder victim was picked up in the vacinity of her Catholic school, still wearing her uniform.


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* ClingyJealousGirl : It's been hypothesized that one of the reasons Karla went along with Paul's plan was that she was jealous of the attention he paid towards her sister Tammy. This is downplayed in the film.


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* FriendToAllLivingThings : Or perhaps NotGoodWithPeople, Karla loved animals, particularly her dog Buddy, and worked as a veterinary technician.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist : As they're getting ready to go on their honeymoon to Hawaii, Paul wears a loud Hawaiian shirt.


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* KinkyCuffs : The first time Karla brings Paul home, she shows him her handcuffs.


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* ModelCouple : Particularly in their wedding photos, Paul and Karla were unusually good-looking, and seemed to "fit" together.


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* TomboyishPonytail : In the scene where Karla meets Paul, she wears her hair in a ponytail, to indicate her youth and freshness. In real life, Homolka was 17 when she met Paul at a veterinary convention. (Note: The age of consent in Ontario is 16, so there was no JailBaitWait).
4th Sep '16 6:11:32 PM shamblingdead2
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse : Buddy the rottweiler. We see him for two scenes, then he disappears.
4th Sep '16 3:37:42 AM shamblingdead2
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* EightiesHair : The "small town" hair with a ball of hairsprayed bangs didn't really go "out" in Southern Ontario until the mid-1990s. Karla sported a good set of them in all her pictures, and the film delights in this.
* FairyTaleWeddingDress : Karla wears one during her wedding to Paul. It even has BigPoofySleeves, yet is somewhat less elaborate than the real life Homolka wedding dress (which had lace).



* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle : The second kidnap victim loses a shoe.



* ScrapbookStory : A mild example. The couple videotaped everything, and reproductions of the tapes are used to tell some of the story.

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* ScrapbookStory : A mild example. The couple videotaped everything, and reproductions of the tapes are used to tell some of the story. The voiceover also includes letters to Paul.




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* YourCheatingHeart : Paul screws another woman while Karla is upstairs, listening.
4th Sep '16 3:12:28 AM shamblingdead2
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* SmallNameBigEgo : Karla believes Paul to be a "musician and filmmaker." His music was terrible, Vanilla Ice-style rap.
4th Sep '16 3:10:01 AM shamblingdead2
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* BiTheWay : Karla, although the film portrays it in a painfully creepy way.


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* DomesticAbuser : Paul to Karla.


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* HeroicBSOD : Karla shuts down while Paul rapes her sister. It doesn't last long.


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* LoveMakesYouEvil : Apparently the reason Karla went along with Bernardo.
* MoralEventHorizon : Paula's rape of Tammy.


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* RewindReplayRepeat : Paul insists on watching the video they shot the night Tammy died, including showing it to their friends.


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* ScrapbookStory : A mild example. The couple videotaped everything, and reproductions of the tapes are used to tell some of the story.


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* StalkerWithACrush : Paul's obsession with Tammy.
* UrineTrouble : When the puppy pees on the floor and Karla waits a minute to clean it up, it earns her a backhand.


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** The names of the victims, except Tammy Homolka, were changed for the film.
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