Film / Karla

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 (Misha Collins) and Karla Homolka (Laura Prepon).

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • California Doubling: 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.
  • Character Title
  • Historical Villain Downgrade: Karla reimagined as Bernado's victim.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Paul Bernardo
    Paul: Hey, babe.
    Karla: Where have you been?
    Paul: I just raped a girl.
  • Rape Discretion Shot: Several shots of Paul Bernardo grabbing a girl from behind, then stops before the rape.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil : Bernardo, in addition to the murders he (or the couple) committed, was also The Scarborough Rapist.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The Bernardo-Homolka case is one of the most notorious in Canadian crime history.
  • The Sociopath: Paul Bernardo
  • Serial Rapist: Paul Bernardo
  • Serial Killer: Paul Bernardo
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The story itself is (sadly) quite true to reality, but mistakenly portrayed Homolka as yet another victim of Bernardo's sociopathic antics - despite the fact that it's long-since been established that she was just as culpable as Bernardo. The Canadian media and public were understandably appalled.
    • This is arguable, however, as Karla's "victimization" at the hands of Bernardo was her main line of defense during the court case.