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Review: “Bella” (2006) PG-13 91min

June 2nd, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 7,976 Views


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This drama directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde was a surprise People’s Choice Award winner at Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Consequently, it won Crystal Heart Award at Heartland Film Festival in 2007 and the actor in main role, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, a prize for most inspirational male role in the movie.

The plot: Jose (Eduardo Verástegui) is a former aspiring football (Soccer) player who works as a cook at his brother’s (Manny Perez) restaurant. One day when his brother fired a unmarried waitress Nina (Tammy Blanchard), who later turned out to be pregnant, for being late again, Jose follows her and tries to help her to find a new job. Both of them are lost souls who find solace in each other as she opens up to him and confesses that she’s broke and thinks about abortion, and Jose also needs her to find redemption for his troubled past. Fantastic cast and acting.

The good: It’s a beautiful, intelligent and emotional drama about beautiful people. Jose has done something in the past that he can never repair, and his past would always haunt him. He needs Nina – he thinks that helping her in some way may redeem what he had done. It’s an incredibly moving Latino drama that does not conform to stereotypes of Latinos, but instead it transcends the boundary of Latino community and is applicable to any tradition and any family. Every scene feels so real!

The bad: a bit too melodramatic.

The cast: Jose – Eduardo Verástegui | Nina – Tammy Blanchard | Manny – Manny Perez | Celia – Ali Landry | Mother – Angélica Aragón | Father – Jaime Tirelli | Eduardo – Ramon Rodriguez | Veronica – Ewa Da Cruz | Bella – Sophie Nyweide

The credits: Director - Alejandro Gomez Monteverde | Writers – Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, Patrick Million, Leo Severino | Producers – Stephen McEveety, Ana Wolfington, J. Eustace Wolfington, Sean Wolfington, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde | Original Music – Stephan Altman | Cinematography – Andrew Cadelago | Lionsgate | METANOiA FILMS.

DVD special features include promotional trailers, interviews with the crew and short story about trying to get distribution for this movie.

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Rated 4/5 on Jun 2 2008
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