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Bella (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 30 November 2007 (USA)
A chef with a mysterious past spends the day with a waitress who needs a friend.

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Angélica Aragón ...
Mother
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Eduardo
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Francisco
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Bella
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Celia
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Veronica
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Loochi
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Homeless Man
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Frannie
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Pieter
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Kevin

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An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion-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. Written by Orange

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Beauty  »

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$3,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,328,448 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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$8,108,247 (USA) (27 June 2008)
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At the end of the film Nina returns to Long Island on an Amtrack pulled by an engine clearly framed by the camera. The Long Island RR is electrified and is not equipped with an engine. It uses a third rail. See more »

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Jose: [voiceover] My grandmother used to say, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
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An excellent movie - 2006 Toronto Film Festival winner
17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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