Bella (2006)

ALEJANDRO MONTEVERDE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA/Mexico2006.  Metanoia Films, Bella Production, Burnside Entertainment, Mpower Pictures, The One Media.  Screenplay by Alejandro Monteverde, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Humdrum feelgood piece about two people brought together by tragic circumstances.  Jose (, who also produced) is a former soccer star who, following a terrible accident that derailed his life forever, now cooks in the kitchen of his brother’s Manhattan restaurant.  Nina () is a single woman who waitresses at the restaurant, and on one particular morning is late and is fired as a result. Feeling sympathy for the young woman, Jose runs after her and the two of them end up playing hooky for the day, wandering around the boroughs and sharing secrets of each other’s unfortunate lives. It’s not full-out sappy or trite, and the actors are all wonderful, but it’s never quite fresh enough to say that it must be seen.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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