Sunday, August 05, 2007

Bella (Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 2006)

*
USA/Mexico

Essentially a sloppy, blindly derivative undergrad assignment stretched to feature-length, this cloying, feeble-minded mediocrity about a New York waitress who discovers she's pregnant (and who is portrayed as a saint because she gets fired from work for showing up an hour late two days in a row) and a failed football star who provides a shoulder to cry on (and whose years of stoic mourning over a mysterious tragedy have broken out into a bushy, Jesus-like beard) inexplicably won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

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