Carlitos and the Chance of a Lifetime (2009)

Genres - Children's/Family, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A youngster has to choose between following the rules and following his heart in this Spanish comedy-drama for young people. Carlitos (Guillermo Campra) is a young boy who has a great passion and talent for soccer. Unfortunately, Carlitos has no parents, and he and his friends Trampa (David Becerra) and Seta (Inigo Navares) have to deal with the often mean-spirited whims of Hipolito (Jose Maria Pou), who runs the orphanage they call home. When the Spanish National Junior Soccer Team announced open tryouts, Carlitos is eager to go, but Hipolitos forbids it; however, during a field trip, Carlitos is sneaks off with the help of his friends and not only attends the tryouts but makes the team. Now Carlitos has to skirt the rules on a regular basis if he wants to keep playing, but he has an ally in Diego (Gustavo Salmeron), who works at the home and coaches their soccer team; Diego is willing to led his support, but only if the youngster makes good grades and obeys the other rules handed down by Hipolito. Carlitos y el campo de los suenos (aka Carlitos and the Chance of a Lifetime and Carlitos and the Field of Dreams) was an official selection at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival.



coach, field-trip, grades, orphanage, soccer, Spanish [nationality], team-sports