Saturday, November 24, 2007

Movie "Bella" is heart-warming story

On Friday my wife and I went with our daughter and her boyfriend to see the new independent film, Bella.
It is a heart-warming, and at times, heart-wrenching story about the value of life.
Nina, a waitress at a Mexican restaurant, is fired because she shows up late, due to her pregnancy. Jose, the chef, walks out of the restaurant and spends the day traveling around New York City with Nina, who is considering an abortion. Jose never preaches at her, but he literally shows her the value of life as he opens up to her about his own past.
The movie flashes back in time and flashes forward, as well. My daughter found this confusing, but my wife and I understood it and felt it helped hold our interest in the plot. There is no sex or bad language in the movie (some of the dialogue is in Spanish with subtitles). A violent event is portrayed in a flashback, but not graphically.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, exciting movie, don't go see this movie. At times, it moves slowly. However, if you are looking for a thought-provoking, clean, intelligent film about the meaning of life, go see Bella. It will touch your heart and mind.

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