Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bumpy Bella

ImageBella (LionsGate)
The Audience Award winner at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, Bella is proof that even supposedly sophisticated film festival audiences are duped by shameless, manipulative, heart-tugging melodramas. Tying the death of an innocent child with the fate of an unborn baby, writer-director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde knows how to tug on the heartstrings, which he does ever more blatantly until the feel-good, lump-in-the-throat climax. As the woman deciding whether to keep her baby, Tammy Blanchard gives an enormously sympathetic performance that seems out of place in Monteverde’s sappy world.
EXTRAS: Behind-the-scenes featurette; distribution featurette; music video.

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