Bella review


Ok, so Mel and I went on a date last night. We stopped by our fav. mexican place called “Los Tres Amigos” (and yes, that is the three amigos). Then went up to NCG and saw this film. It is right up there with “Once.” Truly one of the best movie’s I’ve seen this year.

The story follows an ex-soccer star turned chef and a waitress who gets fired and finds out she’s pregnant the same day. Most of the movie follows them through one day, but through the day they spend we discover more and more about their converging stories. Tragedy and friendship, love and sorrow, laughter, family, and redemption all wrapped up in one beautiful film.

(official site)

The story approaches themes of regret, death, responsibility, dedication and passion. In each other, they are able to redeem the other. The chef helps his brother see others as more than commodities, the waitress discovers that there are people she can trust. The chef is able to find wholeness through one act of redemptive love.

The films third star is the New York area. The filmmaker skillfully utilizes stunning scenes of poor neighborhoods and beachside community. We are transported by rail through the city, and watch as the downtown becomes the backdrop. At times, the filmmaker uses silence as emotion, and shows parallel tragic themes between the main characters.

I can’t stress enough how great this movie is. Do yourself a favor and go see it.

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