CARLITOS Y EL CAMPOS DE LOS SUEÑOS
Director Jesús del Cerro 2008 107 mins Spanish with English sub-titles
Carlitos Bermudez has two desires in life: first, to find a kind couple who will adopt him from the Spanish orphanage where he lives, and second, to become a soccer player for Spain’s youth national team.
With the help of his fellow orphans and his best friend Chunks, he sets out on a mission to prove his soccer playing abilities to the world and to himself. His biggest obstacle is Holipito, the bitter caretaker of his orphanage, who takes it upon himself to keep Carlitos from his dreams.
With the help of Diego, a former orphan and now the orphanage’s maintenance worker, Carlitos manages to evade the probing eyes of Holipito and to be accepted on the youth national team. Yet trouble pursues Carlitos even on his soccer team, the selfish player Ricki harasses him for having too close a relationship with his coach.
After Holipito strikes a secretive bargain with a couple who plan to put Carlitos to work rather than care for him as parents, it seems as though Carlitos will never achieve his dream. It takes a great deal of determination and support from his friends to turn around events. Will he make it?