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Bella

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Bella

Bella

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
91 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/26/07
performer:
Tammy Blanchard, Eduardo Verastegui
director:
Alejandro Monteverde
distributor:
Roadside Attractions
author:
Patrick Million, Leo Severino
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

She (Tammy Blanchard) is a single, pregnant New York waitress in crisis. He (Eduardo Verástegui) is a Mexican chef — with a Rasputin-wild beard that’s surely a health-code violation — in turmoil over a tragedy from the past. When she’s fired for tardiness, he follows her out the door with the kind of instinctive compassion that, in stories like this defiantly unsubtle, structurally clunky specimen, causes women who are considering abortion to think again, and self-selecting audiences to enjoy a light, luxurious weep. C