Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bella

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
91 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/26/07
performer
Tammy Blanchard, Eduardo Verastegui
director
Alejandro Monteverde
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Patrick Million, Leo Severino
genre
Drama

We gave it an C

She (Tammy Blanchard) is a single, pregnant New York waitress in crisis. He (Eduardo Verástegui) is a Mexican chef — with a Rasputin-wild beard that’s surely a health-code violation — in turmoil over a tragedy from the past. When she’s fired for tardiness, he follows her out the door with the kind of instinctive compassion that, in stories like this defiantly unsubtle, structurally clunky specimen, causes women who are considering abortion to think again, and self-selecting audiences to enjoy a light, luxurious weep. C

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