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-Bella (PG-13)

by Dr. D ~

Metanoia Films, October 2007, Directed by Alejandro Monteverde, 91 minutes, Cast: Eduardo Verástegui (José), Tammy Blanchard (Nina), Manny Perez (Manny).

The film won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.


The story starts with a soccer star on the way to an important press conference and contract signing with his agent.

Then the scene abruptly shifts to a upscale Mexican restaurant in Manhattan. The kitchen workers are busy preparing food for the noon meal. One waitress comes in late and is promptly fired by the obnoxious restaurant owner, Manny.

The main cook -Jose, who we later find out is the owners brother, runs out of the restaurant after the woman. The rest of the day they travel together and talk about the reasons for her being late and the dilemma that the woman is facing.

Nina is pregnant. As a single woman, she doesn’t see how see could support a child when she has some difficulty supporting herself. Also, she doesn’t want to put the child up for adoption out of concerns about how the child would be treated. So she sees only one coarse of action before her.

Later in the day, Jose takes Nina to see his family and they eat a meal together. The next day at the restaurant, Jose makes a decision that effects the lives of a whole bunch of folks, but also ends up redeeming his own life in a major way.

To say much more about the story would spoil it. It is a wonderful and touching story with a number of unforeseen twists. The acting in the movie is excellent. Jose, played by Alejandro Monteverde (a real star in Mexico), comes across effectively as a mysterious and tragic figure. While Tammy Blanchard is quite believable and even understated at times as Nina.

The scenes, where Jose takes Nina to his home and introduces her to his family, including his father, mother, and a younger brother with a girlfriend, are interesting and memorable. This is a ‘pro-life’ story that is natural and not forced. The film received a standing ovation when it was shown in Toronto at the festival, and I am sure that it will receive more awards in the future.             *Top

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