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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.

Director:

Alejandro Monteverde (as Alejandro Gómez Monteverde)

Writers:

Alejandro Monteverde (as Alejandro Gómez Monteverde), Patrick Million | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

what do you live for? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,328,448, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$8,070,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,083,296
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on a true story. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jose: [voiceover] My grandmother used to say, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
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Connections

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

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Meet Me By the Water
Written and Performed by Rachael Yamagata
Courtesy of the RCA Record Label, by arrangment with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Subtly powerful film that everyone should see
18 February 2007 | by johnshaySee all my reviews

Having heard that this film won at Toronto, I was anxious to see it. Although it has not yet been widely released, I was fortunate to attend at a recent sneak preview and found it to be incredibly refreshing and subtly powerful. Stylistically, newcomer director Alejandro Monteverde does a superb job pacing the story -- combining just the right amounts of character, humor, and mystery into a package that satisfies on multiple levels -- intellectually, visually, emotionally, symbolically, etc. The photography -- shot in and around the streets of Manhattan and Long Island -- is top notch, reminding me of James Crabe's amazing cinematography along the streets of Philadelphia in Rocky (1977)....and the editing, relying heavily on jump cuts, keeps the story moving along in multiple time frames to great effect.

The actors all shine in their roles, particularly Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui and Tammy Blanchard, who portray their particularly complex relationship -- between a cook and a waitress in a Mexican restaurant -- with finesse. Additionally, the filmmakers do an excellent job presenting Hispanic culture in a manner that shatters the ridiculous stereotypes that are often presented in mainstream television and film. The scenes taking place at the cook's Hispanic parents' house are particularly funny, charming, and poignant. Also, the film portrays some very powerful emotional moments that have tremendous staying power long after leaving the theater.

In short, this is subtly powerful film that everyone should see.


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