At its start, Bella hints at predictability but then makes some surprising choices. I wasn't wowed by it but it's a character-driven story with little action but lots of heart.
The movie centers around two wounded people. Jose (Eduardo Verastegui) is a "Mexirican" (of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent) who was about to sign a multi-million dollar soccer contract with a Madrid soccer club when a tragic incident occurs. Now, he's an accomplished but empty chef at his brother's restaurant in NYC. Nina (Tammy Blanchard who looks like a Latin Julia Roberts) finds out she's pregnant just before getting fired from her waitressing job at Jose's brother's place. Jose has had it with his brother's Draconian ways and runs off after Nina. The two embark on a day-long date where they talk, share their pain and get to know each other. The movie revolves around the impact of family on our lives and what we become and how whether negative or positive these experiences, we are left to cooperate in the same world to work through it. Although I wasn't wowed by this one, I can't sully the effort. With its indie spirit, it presents rich and interesting details that kept me through to the end.
Themes: friendship, car accident, abortion, mother-daughter relationship, brother-brother relationship
Director: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde
Minutes: 90 minutes