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Bella -- An international soccer star (Eduardo Verástegui) is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end.
Bella -- 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 will. BELLA is a true love story about how one day in New York City changed three people forever.


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One day in New York City changes three people forever. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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An excellent movie - 2006 Toronto Film Festival winner See more (171 total) »


  (in credits order)

Eduardo Verástegui ... José

Tammy Blanchard ... Nina

Manny Perez ... Manny
Angélica Aragón ... Mother

Jaime Tirelli ... Father

Ramon Rodriguez ... Eduardo

Armando Riesco ... Francisco

Sophie Nyweide ... Bella

Ali Landry ... Celia

Ewa Da Cruz ... Veronica

Alexa Gerasimovich ... Loochi

Herb Lovelle ... Homeless Man

Tawny Cypress ... Frannie

Doug DeBeech ... Pieter

Michael Mosley ... Kevin

Dominic Colón ... Pepito (as Dominic Colon)

David Castro ... Boy #1
Wade Mylius ... J.J. Janze
Michael Chin ... Bodega Clerk
Marilyn Torres ... Carla
Jim Stanek ... Henri

Teresa Yenque ... Amelia
Sara Dawson ... Helen
Jamie Schofield ... Hostess

Lukas Behnken ... Johannes
Melinda Peinado ... Nurse
Kola Ogundiran ... Cabbie
Hudson Cooper ... Husband
Ana Wolfington ... Woman at Turnstyle (as Ana Baena Wolfington)

Anthony Ippolito ... Boy on Subway
William Johnson ... Subway Drummer
Maurice Carr ... Subway Drummer
Yuichi Ida ... Subway Drummer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dionne Audain ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi ... Angry Driver (uncredited)

Claude Jay ... Train passenger (uncredited)
Stan Newman ... Businessman on Phone (uncredited)
Alfonso Ramírez ... Leonardo (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro Monteverde 
Writing credits
Alejandro Monteverde 

Patrick Million 
Leo Severino 

Produced by
Fred Foote .... executive producer
Dan Genetti .... associate producer
Jason Jones .... co-executive producer
Matthew J. Malek .... associate producer (as Matthew Malek)
Stephen McEveety .... executive producer
Alejandro Monteverde .... producer
Denise Pinckley .... producer
Leo Severino .... producer
Glen Trotiner .... associate producer
Eduardo Verástegui .... producer
Ana Wolfington .... executive producer
J. Eustace Wolfington .... executive producer
Sean Wolfington .... executive producer
Sean Wolfington .... producer
Original Music by
Stephan Altman 
Cinematography by
Andrew Cadelago 
Film Editing by
Joseph Gutowski 
Fernando Villena 
Casting by
Beth Bowling 
Kim Miscia 
Production Design by
Richard Lassalle 
Art Direction by
Justin Kemler 
Set Decoration by
Susan Ogu 
Costume Design by
Eden Miller 
Makeup Department
Carla Antonino .... makeup artist
Robert Chiu .... hair stylist
Fabian Garcia .... hair department head
Toy Van Lierop .... makeup department head
Production Management
Holly S. Rymon .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris DeAngelis .... second second assistant director
Sean Farrell .... dga trainee
Eddie Micallef .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anna Butwell .... on-set dresser
Abariss Culjak .... assistant props
Jennifer Engel .... leadman
Sarah Hanson .... art buyer
Joel Weaver .... assistant property master
Ryan Webb .... property master
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Mike Castonguay .... sound recording engineer
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Brent Findley .... assistant sound editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
David Hingorany .... sound mix engineer
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Cody King .... foley editor
Richard Kitting .... foley mixer
Mark Messick .... sound effects editor
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
Andrew Morgado .... foley mixer
Richard Murphy .... sound mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Paul Ordonez .... sound recordist
Stuart Provine .... sound effects editor
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Seth Tallman .... boom operator
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
David Beedon .... digital effects artist
Scotty Martin .... digital cleanup artist
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Albert Vivas .... digital intermediate scanner
Rachel Clement .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator
John Clifford .... still photographer
Christopher DelSordo .... additional assistant camera
Adam Hall .... grip
Zachary Henderson .... grip
Keith Kalohelani .... electrician
Rob Koch .... assistant camera
Dennis A. Livesey .... camera operator
Greg McMahon .... film loader
Ryan Mead .... video assist operator
Simeon Moore .... electrician
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... electric
Christopher Raymond .... assistant camera
Gay E. Riedel .... electrician
John Schwartz .... best boy electric
Douglas W. Shannon .... gaffer
Charles Sherron .... key grip
Perry Unjang .... best boy grip
Alan Wolfe .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Clint Alexander .... casting associate
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Xahra Gilbert .... wardrobe production assistant
Colleen McTigue .... key costumer
Amy Pickering .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... film and high definition coordinator
Jason Barnes .... assistant editor
Jason Crump .... colorist: dailies
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist
David Graubard .... digital intermediate senior systems engineer
Michael Grawert .... on-line editor
Dennis Little .... digital intermediate producer
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... production supervisor: digital intermediate
Kurt Tuffendsam .... digital intermediate project manager
Music Department
Mike Castonguay .... musician: clarinet
John Reese .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mike Easter .... transportation captain
Gabe Turiello .... camera car process trailer driver
Other crew
Adam Bernard .... production assistant
Matthew Bernstein .... production secretary
Shelbie Bruce .... adr artist
Jenn Bubka .... set production assistant
Jared Cauliffe .... key set production assistant
Natalie Cordray .... intern (uncredited)
Lauren Fritz .... location scout
Gina Gordon .... accounting clerk
Steve Guilbaud .... production accountant
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor
Andrew Hyatt .... creative executive: Mpower Pictures
Jennifer Madeloff .... production coordinator
Lissy Morcheles .... location assistant
Chris Pegg .... assistant location manager
Collin Smith .... location manager
Julie Solomon .... location scout
Rachel Timpanelli .... location assistant
Rachel Timpanelli .... location intern
Arturo Lopez Uscanga .... scanning manager
Joel Weaver .... on-set propman
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Matt Brannon .... special thanks
Todd Burns .... special thanks
Jeff Hunt .... special thanks
Joshua Corby Pons .... special thanks
Pepe Portillo .... special thanks
Ted Royer .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beauty" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief disturbing images
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[first lines]
Jose:[voiceover] My grandmother used to say, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
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107 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
An excellent movie - 2006 Toronto Film Festival winner, 17 August 2006
Author: justus9-1 from United States

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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