Bella is a success. The film makers have created a great little movie that tells a human story with humor, quiet passion and genuine integrity. Never “inyerface” with it’s message, it shows ordinary people coping with the question of an unwanted pregnancy with practical realism, compassion and honesty.
Some critics have dumped the movie because of it’s pro-life message. It does have a pro-life message, but that message is communicated as genuinely pro life and not just anti-abortion. The strong Hispanic family life is beautifully portrayed, and the caring and love within the family shows how powerful and positive life can be.
Wisely, the film never says abortion is wrong. It never uses anti-abortion horror tactics. It simply show the power of love, the beauty of a mature family life and the rumbustious joy and happiness of life and love. As a result it never has to preach an anti abortion message, because abortion, in comparison, is simply death.
I know from my own adventures in the film trade just how hard it is, not only to get a film made, but to get it out to the audience. The young film makers are to be congratulated for a great job well done. Support this movie. Support life.