‘BELLA’: AN EMOTIONAL REDEMPTION DRAMA WITH THEMES OF LIFE. REVIEW OF THE 2006 INDIE FILM ABOUT A WOMAN STRUGGLING WITH A CHOICE. TEXT © RISSI JC

‘BELLA’: AN EMOTIONAL REDEMPTION DRAMA WITH THEMES OF LIFE

May 7, 2022 1 Comment

Most films that are independent or from smaller production companies aren’t represented well. They don’t usually earn a big following or garner all the publicity. However they still deserve celebration. Today it’s the turn of the 2006 film Bella.

Bella (2006) Film Review

About to take America by storm as a talented new pro soccer star, Jose (Eduardo Verastegui) is poised to be a household name. Then fate has other ideas and tragedy strikes. Some years later, Jose is working as a chef in his brother’s restaurant and looking for some kind of redemption. Unexpectedly he feels a tug towards waitress Nina (Tammy Blanchard), a woman carrying a very big secret.

Learning she’s pregnant, the last thing Nina wants is to raise a child. When she decides no other choice is hers, she has an end game in mind. Then she spends a spontaneous day with Jose in such a way that everything could change…

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Some films seem to continuously slip through the appeal or notice of movie goers. Bella is one of these. The film isn’t quite as good, speaking as a production, as it could be, but let me just say, it is good. The story is deep, heartwarming, complicated, bittersweet and loving. All of which ties together in a kind of redemptive theme that’s really a nice payoff that leaves us feeling uplifted.

Most of the cast is unknown, but all of them are good. There’s plenty of family values and its brightest message and gift is that of life. This won’t be a film for everyone because its primary topic is a political “hot button” kind of issue, but the film is quite beautiful. There’s a slow pace if that’s not your jam, but it works lockstep with the film and because of this, I cannot find much fault with this as a production. What I will say is, I don’t think the story is as explanatory as it should be. We learn about a character’s past and what happens and why they are who they now are, but the in-between of the future (where it ends) is where there’s gaps.

Nonetheless, this is a solid and lovely film. There’s many scenes that touch the viewer and the conversation is lovely, which means we get so many deeper moments or emotions between the characters. If you don’t mind dramas that take a scenic route, the film is good.

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You can find Bella (2006) digitally on Amazon Video; at publication, it’s free with Freevee

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‘BELLA’: AN EMOTIONAL REDEMPTION DRAMA WITH THEMES OF LIFE. REVIEW OF THE 2006 INDIE FILM ABOUT A WOMAN STRUGGLING WITH A CHOICE. TEXT © RISSI JC

Content: there is nothing too bothersome for a PG-13 film. An out of wedlock pregnancy is part of the film as is mentions of abortion. Someone is killed in an accident and there are (non graphic) images from the accident. There’s, presumably, a scene at an abortion clinic (non-graphic or descriptive).

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amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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