Monday, May 26, 2008
Directed by Alejandro Monteverde, "Bella" tells the story of Jose (Eduardo Verastegui), a young soccer star on his way to speak at a press conference in regards to a multi-million dollar contract when his plans for life are forever altered by a tragic event, and Nina (Tammy Blanchard) a waitress who feels lost and unprepared for news which threatens to turn her life upside down. Years after the day which changed Jose's life and ended his soccer career, these two troubled souls find each other and unexpectedly serve as each other's saviours in different ways. In the beginning of the movie, Jose narrates that his grandmother used to say that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. This movie sweetly shares with viewers how one day can change your life and how an act of kindness and compassion can help someone find themselves, peace, and redemption. The performances by the two main stars were great. I especially loved Eduardo Verastegui's performance as a tortured soul hoping for salvation. In the scenes with Tammy Blanchard, he seemed to exhude kindness and understanding from every pore. "Bella" is a sweet and enjoyable movie definitely worth renting.