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Bella (2006)

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


Alejandro Monteverde (as Alejandro Gómez Monteverde)


Alejandro Monteverde (as Alejandro Gómez Monteverde), Patrick Million | 1 more credit »
6 wins. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Verástegui ... José
Tammy Blanchard ... Nina
Manny Perez ... Manny
Angélica Aragón ... Mother
Jamie Tirelli ... Father
Ramon Rodriguez ... Eduardo
Armando Riesco ... Francisco
Sophie Nyweide ... Bella
Ali Landry Monteverde ... Celia (as Ali Landry)
Ewa Da Cruz ... Veronica
Alexa Gerasimovich ... Loochi
Herb Lovelle ... Homeless Man
Tawny Cypress ... Frannie
Doug DeBeech ... Pieter
Michael Mosley ... Kevin


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This time the winner is...a love story See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Based on a true story. See more »


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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Featured in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 5 May 2008 (2008) See more »


Serra La Forma
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Daniel Indart and Jesus 'El Nino' Alejandro (as Jesus A. Perez-Alvarez)
Courtesy of LMS Records
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User Reviews

A Sweet Tale That Should Appeal To Many, Especially Women
8 May 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I thought this was a surprisingly-good "chick flick" until the final 15 minutes when it got ultra-weeping "Lifetime Network" on us, but overall is a film which should appeal to a lot of people. Yes, it's pure melodrama but: ladies, it's so well done that it should keep your husband or boyfriend interested most of the way.

This also is beautifully photographed. Man, for a small-budget independent film with basically no-name actors, this has all the visual slickness of a Spielberg film. Also, the food in here looks so good it will have you salivating.

The main ingredient in this award-winning film is "charm," I would think. Everyone is pretty likable, there's a lot of emotion and the characters are very realistic. If you elaborated on the story, it might sound extremely boring because mainly it's a day in the life of two people. They both work in a restaurant and she gets fired for being late again and he goes after her to see if she's okay. As the day goes on, the two work out past traumas with the ending being a tear-jerker feel-good one.

For a film in which most viewers probably aren't familiar with the director or the actors, it is impressive. What's odd about this film, in addition to being interesting despite almost nothing going on, is that there is absolutely no profanity or sex, either. I suppose some could look at this movie as some sappy do-gooder type story, but it isn't. It's so professionally done that you kind of feel like a fly on the wall, content to just observing and being a part of these people's lives for a day.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,328,448, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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