Bella

With so many films vying for space in our overcrowded cinemas, it’s puzzling that this ham-fisted 2006 tearjerker should be freed from the archives. It follows braying Mexican football also-ran Jose (Eduardo Verástegui) who, via generic tragic circumstances, has had to settle in as head chef of his brother’s New York eatery. Playing hooky so he can spend the day with recently pregnant, recently fired waitress Nina (Tammy Blanchard), he proceeds – in an eerie, softly-softly manner – to coax her out of a pencilled-in trip to the abortion clinic. Peddling its conservative agenda with all the subtlety of a juggernaut road race through a Welsh mining village, all the tears of sorrow and joy amount to little when the ‘solutions’ the film offers are so incoherent and narrowly focused. The dramatic set-ups are lowest-common-denominator soap opera fluff, and Monteverde’s decision to cross-cut snappily between parallel scenes makes it impossible to engage with characters. Blanchard’s mournful turn is better than the film, but it’s not enough.

Release details

Release date: Friday October 1 2010
Duration: 0 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alejandro Monteverde
Screenwriter: Alejandro Monteverde
Cast: Eduardo Verástegui
Tammy Blanchard
Manny Perez

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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stan cooley

wow! greatness can be achieved without the smut! this film shows women out there that there is hope and life is precious.

stan cooley

wow! greatness can be achieved without the smut! this film shows women out there that there is hope and life is precious.

Dori

Life is tough. This film demonstrates how good can often come out of tragedy. Where there is life, there is hope. Love heals.

Dori

Life is tough. This film demonstrates how good can often come out of tragedy. Where there is life, there is hope. Love heals.

Terry A

A wonderful, realistic look at life without the grittiness and crudeness that Hollywood deems necessary to incorporate. This is an excellent movie with wonderful writing and acting. Makes you appreciate what families are about and how important it is to reach out beyond your own self interests. Excellent script and casting. I want to see it again because like another reviewer, I feel I didn't catch all the allegorical subtleties the first time through - Do yourself a favor and see a really wonderful movie for a change

Terry A

A wonderful, realistic look at life without the grittiness and crudeness that Hollywood deems necessary to incorporate. This is an excellent movie with wonderful writing and acting. Makes you appreciate what families are about and how important it is to reach out beyond your own self interests. Excellent script and casting. I want to see it again because like another reviewer, I feel I didn't catch all the allegorical subtleties the first time through - Do yourself a favor and see a really wonderful movie for a change

John Dokler

Yikes, I forgot to leave a star rating on my review. Hopefully people read the review and don't just look at the stars!

John Dokler

Yikes, I forgot to leave a star rating on my review. Hopefully people read the review and don't just look at the stars!

John Jakubczyk

This is a wonderful film, with a feel that transcends the typical Hollywood movie. The characters respond to their problems facing them by learning from each other. Nina needs to know that someone will listem without wanting to use her. Jose has a need to move beyongd hte pain he is experiencing. The focus on family and the ability of the director to want you as a viewer to join in the dinner was special. The scene by the ocean allows us to realize how what we have can mean a lot more than what we sek. Manny does a great job as the owner of the restaurant. His scenes with Jose are humorous and very real as anyone with a borther knows. Critics may not like the sentimnetality that exists inthe film but the lead actors make it special and the fact that it won the 2006 Toronto Film Festival People's Choice award tells us that the themes reasonate with audiences. A great little film with a lot of heart. I recommned you see Bella.

John Jakubczyk

This is a wonderful film, with a feel that transcends the typical Hollywood movie. The characters respond to their problems facing them by learning from each other. Nina needs to know that someone will listem without wanting to use her. Jose has a need to move beyongd hte pain he is experiencing. The focus on family and the ability of the director to want you as a viewer to join in the dinner was special. The scene by the ocean allows us to realize how what we have can mean a lot more than what we sek. Manny does a great job as the owner of the restaurant. His scenes with Jose are humorous and very real as anyone with a borther knows. Critics may not like the sentimnetality that exists inthe film but the lead actors make it special and the fact that it won the 2006 Toronto Film Festival People's Choice award tells us that the themes reasonate with audiences. A great little film with a lot of heart. I recommned you see Bella.