Bella (Film)

  • Sophie Nyweide: Bella
  • Eduardo Verástegui: José
  • Tammy Blanchard: Nina
  • Manny Perez: Manny
  • Ali Landry: Celia
  • Ramon Rodriguez: Eduardo
  • Ewa Da Cruz: Veronica
  • Alexa Gerasimovich: Lucy
  • Angélica Aragón: José's mother

Bella is a feature film by Mexican director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde with the main actors Eduardo Verástegui and Tammy Blanchard, who won the Audience Award ( People's Choice Award ) of the Toronto Film Festival 2007. The independent film, which was shot with a budget of about 3.3 million U.S. dollars in and around New York City is not published in the German-speaking territories to date.


Nina, a waitress at a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan, loses her job when she 's late for work once again. The brother of the restaurant owner Manny, Jose, follows her into the subway station to check on her and offers her spontaneously to discuss with him on a walk through the city and a visit to the beach on Long Iceland, which could make in the future. The two stroll through the city. She confesses to him that she was pregnant unintentionally and was considering an abortion, since they no longer zusammensei with the child's father. When José briefly returns to the restaurant to pick up his wallet and phone, he gets Manny with each other, the ado also dismisses him.

The two take the train to José's parents waging a lively Puerto Rican -Mexican household, and stay for dinner. José tells Nina about his past; he was a famous football player who had inadvertently run over a child on the way to a press conference five years ago and had been in prison four years for involuntary manslaughter. Nina Jose and spend an evening in conversation on the beach. The next morning, they say good-bye in the city, with the intention to meet again to abortion of the child of Nina. The plot of the film, which will be continued, but revealed that José had adopted child in the meantime, Nina and now, four years after the events of the film, Nina comes for the first time to see her daughter.


Bella is the first work of the director, who wrote the screenplay with Patrick Million. Producers of the film were Sean Wolfington, Verastegui, Leo Severino, Monteverde, Denise Pinckley and Jason Jones. As executive producer, also Stephen McEveety was on board, who had already produced Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ. He only came on board when the film was already completed. The film opened in theaters in the USA on 26 October 2007 and took, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a 8.8 million U.S. dollars at the box office.