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Bella

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Plot

Sooner or later every one of us will face an irreversible moment that will change our lives forever. If it hasn't happened to you yet…it will. BELLA is a true love story about how one day in New York City changed three people forever.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.2/10 (7,423 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director:
Alejandro Monteverde

Stars: Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez

Storyline
An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when a series of events unfold that bring his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down… until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day to an unforgettable experience.

Writers: Alejandro Monteverde, Patrick Million

Cast:

Eduardo Verástegui

Jose


Tammy Blanchard

Nina


Manny Perez

Manny


Ali Landry

Celia


Angélica Aragón

Mother


Jaime Tirelli

Father


Ramon Rodriguez

Eduardo


Lukas Behnken

Johannes


Peter Bucossi

Angry Driver


David Castro

David


Michael Chin

Bodega Clerk


Dominic Colon

Pepito


Hudson Cooper

Father on Beach


Tawny Cypress

Frannie


Ewa Da Cruz

Veronica

Taglines:
True love goes beyond romance



Details

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Release Date: 22 November 2007

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $3,300,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,324,000
(USA)
(26 October 2007)
(165 Screens)

Gross: $8,108,247
(USA)
(29 June 2008)



Technical Specs

Runtime:

Goofs:

Continuity:
The D train that Jose and Nina take passes over the same bridge twice, one at the beginning of it's trip, and one near the end of their trip.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Jose:
[voiceover]
My grandmother used to say, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."



User Review

An excellent movie – 2006 Toronto Film Festival winner

Rating: 9/10


Executive Producer Steven McEveety (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers,
Passion of the Christ) has put his efforts behind another sure winner,
(this one without Mel Gibson)and with newcomer director/writer
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, and a cast of relatively unknown actors.

This is an intelligent and emotional film, with the action interwoven
between flashbacks and the developing plot line. Because of this
storytelling method, it is nearly impossible to give much detail of the
story without a spoiler.

The movie centers around Nina, a young, unmarried waitress at a Mexican
restaurant who finds herself pregnant and out of a job after coming in
late to work several days because of morning sickness. Jose, the
restaurant's chef, is taken by Nina's plight and becomes her sole
confidant. Jose helps her walk through her decision on what to do with
her pregnancy. In the process, he bears secrets from his own mysterious
past, which reveal his tenderness and passion for her and the child she
is carrying.

The film stars Eduardo Verastegui (the Mexican Brad Pitt), and Tammy
Blanchard, each performing in only in their second movie role. They are
excellent both individually and in their interactions with each other.
You're sure to see more from both of these rising stars.

A believable script, quality acting, and effective cinematography,
music, and sound kept my attention from start to finish. I had no
expectations from this film and came away truly impacted–A very
powerful piece of cinema. No wonder this rookie work shocked all the
big name pictures to win the top prize at Toronto Film Festival.

Latest word is that it is set for release in April 2007. And don't be
surprised to see this one in the running for one or more Oscars.