Review: Carlitos y el Campo de los Sueños (2008)

Carlitos y el campo de los sueños (2008)Carlitos and the Field of Dreams is predictable but enjoyable. Carlitos, a 12 yo orphan, sneaks out of the orphanage with the help of his fellow inmates, in order to play for Spain’s junior national team. The orphanage’s maintenance man becomes the team’s coach, and the pair help win the European Junior Cup.

There is actually quite a bit of good soccer play in this movie. While someone else’s legs do the majority of the work for the lead actor, in the team practices and tournament play there are obviously quite a few good little players in Spain. Coach Diego is very attractive and delivers a good line that you’d want to hear from every youth coach:

“On the field, we show who we really are. Selfish, brave, cowardly… Soccer brings out the best in us, but also the worst. So let’s find everyone’s strength and become a great team.”

A cute touch that my buddy enjoyed was that Coach Diego teaches Carlitos patience by making him learn how to catch fish. There is a bit appearance by Raúl, helping to run the national team tryouts.

DVD has no extras. In Spanish with English subtitles. Also entitled Carlitos and the Chance of a Lifetime.

SoccerMovieMom Rating = 6


Release Date: 2008-08-22 (Spain)
Director: Jesús del Cerro