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Bella
Bella
Actors: Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez, Ali Landry, Angélica Aragón
Director: Alejandro Monteverde
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG-13     2008     1hr 31min

Life is a complicated journey in which right and wrong are sometimes indistinct and where the things that really matter are often unclear. Bella is a powerful, leisurely-paced film in which Jose (Eduardo Verastegui) and Ni...  more »

     

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Actors: Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez, Ali Landry, Angélica Aragón
Director: Alejandro Monteverde
Creators: Andrew Cadelago, Stephan Altman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/06/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Amanda D. (sophiesperspective)
Reviewed on 12/19/2014...
Genuine

Bella is the winner of the 2006 People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is refreshing in it's story and acting. This movie isn't about action and adventure, but it's a movie about life. Everyday life, and how two people cope with theirs. Part of what makes the movie so enjoyable for me is the acting feels real. When watching the movie I wasn't struck with the fake feel I get from so many typical Hollywood movies. This movie feels genuine, the tears and laughter seem real instead of put on to make money. I think a large part of that has to do with the case selected for this movie. They actually believe in the story and it's message, and aren't concerned solely about the money making aspect of the film. That makes this movie all the more real and powerful.

The movie is rated PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief disturbing images) largely for one scene. Most mature children probably 8 or 9 and up should be able to watch the movie and handle it well.

Bella has won several awards in addition to the People's Choice. Along with other accolades Edward James Olmos chose this movie to open the LA International Film Festival. At that time he said, "It is one of the most impressive landmark films to open our festival in 10 years ... a film people have to see, it really captures the heart and makes you think. It is one of the best films to come out in a long time."

I certainly agree, and highly recommend this movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 1/30/2013...
Stunning. Poignant. This one stayed with me long after the final credits. Movies you wish Hollywood had the guts to make. You almost felt like a voyeur, along for the ride. Not for everyone. Moments of sheer, unfortgettable, perfection. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this true piece of art.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tom W. from MADISON, MS
Reviewed on 9/20/2012...
Great story.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.