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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: Bella

One Life Can Change You Forever...

That is tag line for the Mexican film
Bella directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. This is a subtle film about life, loss, and family. When Jose, who is an international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract and twist of fate and tragedy occurs that changes his life forever. He later finds himself working as a chef in his brother's restaurant. Jose's brother Manny treats Jose as well as the staff as slave drivers in the restaurant, including Nina, a down on her luck waitress who gets some inconvenient news. Nina finds herself running late for work after she takes a home pregnancy test and realizes she is now expecting. Unfortunately for Nina, her tardiness causes her to get fired and Jose feels sorry for Nina and feels the need to reach out to her.

Nina and Jose form a connection in each of their own disconnected lives and both deal with their own regrets and try to heal. Okay I liked this film and all, but I gotta say one thing Jose, played by Eduardo Verástegui is H-O-T. And YES he could TOTALLY GET IT. I mean this film has a deep message and is very well written and got lots of awards and stuff, but all the while I just kept on checking out Eduardo thinking...damn is he single?

Just to show you want I'm talking about,
click here to see what his fine ass looks like. He was in that craptacular flick Chasing Papi if anyone of you out there ever seentz it. I only watched it becuz I was bored out of my mind one night and there was absolutely nothing to watch. I shoulda just watched paint dry. But seeing Eduardo's screen time was worth it. He's come up since CP, so you definitely have to check out Bella. Another cool thing about the film are the shots of New York City and how its so contemporary with NYC life. There's a scene that takes place on the train that every New Yorker can relate to. There is also a poignant scene with a blind homeless man that is very touching. It's amazing what happens when you take the time out of your busy hectic NY schedule to talk to a homeless guy on the street. It's not always what it seems...

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