As filmmakers, we are often energized by viewing great films. In fact, it’s tough to watch great cinematography, lighting or character development crafted in a movie and not think, “how can we incorporate that fantastic technique inside of our next project?” It’s not uncommon for us to wrap up the viewing of a wonderful movie by diving back to our editing workstations with renewed energy and enthusiasm as we do the production and post production on a current project
When someone first raved to me about the film “Bella”, my initial reaction was somewhat lukewarm. This was probably due to the short summary that was given at the time which went something like, “…it’s a movie about a cook who used to be a soccer player and this pregnant woman in New York”.
Based on that description, I was in no rush to view the film. However, the movie kept coming up in casual conversation with several other people, so into the Netflix queue it went.
After watching the film, here is my summary to you, “…it’s a movie about a cook who used to be a soccer player and this pregnant woman in New York”. However I will add, “and it’s one of the best films we’ve seen in years. I remember thinking as I was watching it, “every person in the country needs to see this!” It’s THAT GOOD.
The character development is such that you will get almost instantly involved inside of the story. The technical look of the movie is fantastic. It was shot almost entirely hand-held and was done with careful lens choices which serve to draw you into the frame and environment of the film.
The word that comes to mind upon reflecting about the story is “Refreshing”. Treat yourself soon and see “Bella”. A uniquely refreshing, inspiring and beautiful film.
Believe it or not, we don’t purchase many movies. One that warrants a place in our library is Persuasion, based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, this 1995 BBC / WGBH / Masterpiece Theatre is one of the best of the Jane Austen screen adaptations. One interesting item is the relatively few people involved in the production of the movie. You may be surprised at what a great film has been created by such a minimal cast & crew, at least by “modern” standards. Indeed, the credits roll by very quickly. A truly fabulous film produced by a lean crew.