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"Bella" Blew Me Away

I haven't been this touched by a film in years. Yet, I would prefer you to go into it the same way as myself since it is not your typical storyline. You see, I had been wanting to see this movie ever since I first heard about it and in my experience, when I am usually this hyped about a film, I am drastically let down. Therefore, I was assuming I would be so in this instance as well.

I had meant to go see it when it was playing at the theaters, mainly because I wanted to give a so-called family values film support through my pocket-book. Unfortunately, I never got around to it.

Then, when I discovered REDBOX (which I love, btw), I noticed that "Bella" had come out on video. Though because of my past experiences, I kept putting off renting it. I had even been renting suspense movies instead, thinking at least they wouldn't bore me.

Last night, I finally gave in and right now I am still reeling from the depths of emotion this movie brought out in me.

I cried, I laughed, I bawled, I smiled and I even got confused at times. You see this movie is about one day in the life of a former big-time soccer star, Jose, and a pregnant coworker, Nina, who decide to spend the day together after she is fired. His intent is obviously to help her but he ends up dealing with his own demons, as well.

The movie flashes back to the past as well as to the future and that's where I got a bit lost at first. Here is a link to the trailer.

In one scene, they are having dinner at Jose's parents' home which reminded me so much of how we use to be, probably because of the Hispanic flavor, that it naturally drew me in. He even has a baby brother, who is handsome and charming and a bit spoiled like my own baby sister and a father who is also charming and welcomes everyone to his home just like my own did. Boy, do I miss him. That's the thing about this movie. It makes you think of incidents in your own life that probably tore your heart out or could have if things had been different.

The movie claims that one day can change your life forever and I believe it. One decision can ruin or bless you for years afterwords and that's why I loved this movie. They are so right when they said "If you want God to laugh, tell him your plans."

My only advice is to make sure you have plenty of kleenex before sitting down to watch Bella especially if you are as much of a soft-touch as myself who still cries over Hallmark commercials.

Elusively yours,
ilja
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You should have told us a little more. :2cents: And one day can change your life forever.
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Ilja, That is one of the best movies I've ever seen and I second your review. My entire family just loved it (we bought a copy at Christmas) and I'm so grateful the star actor is pro-life in the real world. The ending is just so precious.
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Another echo on your high ratings. Like you, I was skeptical of the hype and afraid of being let down. When I finally saw it, I loved this movie.
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katnapper, on Jan 3 2009, 07:19 PM, said:

You should have told us a little more. :2cents: And one day can change your life forever.

Yeah, I know but I didn't want to give away too much. Let's just say there's an inference (or maybe more than that) in the movie that Nina is thinking about having an abortion.
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MrStain, on Jan 3 2009, 07:23 PM, said:

Ilja, That is one of the best movies I've ever seen and I second your review. My entire family just loved it (we bought a copy at Christmas) and I'm so grateful the star actor is pro-life in the real world. The ending is just so precious.

I'm probably going to have to purchase it as well. I was dying to watch it again this morning but didn't want to burn my son out on it. He started out telling me that he didn't know what but he had something against the movie automatically and didn't want to watch it. Thankfully, I kept my mouth shut and didn't insist that he watch it or even give him any hints what it was about. I told him if he watched a little and decided it was not for him, I wouldn't get my feelings hurt if he quit watching it.

Needless to say, he admitted afterwords that he was wrong.

Edited to add: Did you recognize the photo in my Avatar?
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blessedmom, on Jan 3 2009, 10:07 PM, said:

Another echo on your high ratings. Like you, I was skeptical of the hype and afraid of being let down. When I finally saw it, I loved this movie.

I'm glad to hear I wasn't alone in that. I can't wait for this film company to make another film.
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Fantastic movie. I'm about due for a rewatch soon.

I like that the lead actor Eduardo Verastegui puts his money where his mouth is with regard to his pro-life stance. Check out this story about his involvement with the 40 Days for Life movement in CA.
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ilja, on Jan 3 2009, 11:20 PM, said:

MrStain, on Jan 3 2009, 07:23 PM, said:

Ilja, That is one of the best movies I've ever seen and I second your review. My entire family just loved it (we bought a copy at Christmas) and I'm so grateful the star actor is pro-life in the real world. The ending is just so precious.

I'm probably going to have to purchase it as well. I was dying to watch it again this morning but didn't want to burn my son out on it. He started out telling me that he didn't know what but he had something against the movie automatically and didn't want to watch it. Thankfully, I kept my mouth shut and didn't insist that he watch it or even give him any hints what it was about. I told him if he watched a little and decided it was not for him, I wouldn't get my feelings hurt if he quit watching it.

Needless to say, he admitted afterwords that he was wrong.

Edited to add: Did you recognize the photo in my Avatar?

Ahhh.. How did I miss that yesterday? Little (don't want to say her name) listening to the ocean. It is beautiful!!
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aldebaran, on Jan 3 2009, 11:03 PM, said:

Fantastic movie. I'm about due for a rewatch soon.

I like that the lead actor Eduardo Verastegui puts his money where his mouth is with regard to his pro-life stance. Check out this story about his involvement with the 40 Days for Life movement in CA.

From your link:

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Verastegui and his four of his friends showed some women the pro-life film Dura Realidad (A Hard Truth) and directed mothers to the Los Angeles Pregnancy Services (LAPS) crisis pregnancy center for help.

Anthony told CNA that LAPS was “busier than ever,” reporting that one LAPS staffer said the morning was the busiest they had ever seen.

“Five babies were saved that morning!” Anthony said. “Prayer and love in action were key and beautifully exemplified by all present.”

“The day had a dramatic ending when eight nurses from the mill came outside to meet Eduardo!” Anthony continued. “He spoke with them and gave them a Miraculous Medal as well as a copy of the video Dura Realidad.”

John Anthony asked for prayers for the women who made “precious turnarounds,” the conversion of all clinic workers, and for Eduardo Verastegui, whom Anthony called “a courageous witness and backer of courageous words with action.”

Wow, just wow!
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It IS a wonderful movie. Plus, it was nice (for a change) to see someone on the fast track to superstardom make the right choice (on the street, to his friend's dismay) and then the right choice again, to pregger-chickie's joy later in the movie (at the end), and what a beautiful ending.

Choosing life always results in Joy in the end. Life ain't always easy, but it is simple and can be quite joyous.

Lastly, you should see Amazing Grace, too, if you haven't. It's a little tough to take Mr. Fantastic Four in that role, but he does a good job and you'll be glad to have watched it.
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A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute, yelled to the passengers that they had better jump, and then he bailed out.

Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining. The doctor grabbed one and said "I'm a doctor, I save lives, so I must live," and jumped out.

The lawyer then said, "I'm a lawyer and lawyers are the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live." He also grabbed a parachute and jumped.

The priest looked at the little boy and said, "My son, I've lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live in peace."

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