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The vicious attacks on the movie have already started. Two reviewers compared to the hero of the film to a pedophile because of the opening scene.

'Bella' doesn't really connect

The film begins with a heavily bearded guy watching children play on a beach. Is he a pervert? Is he a terrorist? It's a disturbing first image.

Bella review

How does the hot guy from Chasing Papi go from being a champion soccer player to sitting on a beach gawking at little girls?

1 posted on 10/23/2007 10:37:38 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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2 posted on 10/23/2007 10:40:55 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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3 posted on 10/23/2007 10:45:37 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965
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Thank you for posting. I have seen previews of the movie and attended grassroots meetings with the objective of pre-selling theatres in order to show it and get good opening attendance numbers. This movie will have an incredibly powerful impact on audiences (Winner: Toronto Film Festival), if they go see it. It also has the potential to be seen by many people who did not (would not) go to see The Passion of the Christ. It's pro-life message is more subtle and doesn't require one to come from a religious perspective. It's a great human story. This is where its real power may be. NARAL's strategy is to ignore the film and hope that it stays out of the news.

Link to Bella website

4 posted on 10/23/2007 11:15:12 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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If it comes to this area, I will definitely be seeing this movie.

7 posted on 10/23/2007 11:39:21 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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"Bella" is about people making connections, but it's so far removed from how real people behave that it feels disconnected.

I don't know anyone who voted for Nixon.

Two lines that show how out of touch the press is.

8 posted on 10/23/2007 11:41:07 AM PDT by Bigoleelephant (Lawyers are to America what lead was to Rome.)
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This movie, like the Passion of the Christ, has had many miracles associated with the making of the film. It is important that those that can see this film get out to see it in the first two weeks. Unfortunately, we live in the NW and the film will not be shown in this ultra secular part of the country.... :(

11 posted on 10/23/2007 12:33:59 PM PDT by mpstan
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from an email I received from Eduardo Verastegui about Bella:

“I am so overwhelmed with joy by the support we have received all year, and most of all this week. Finding investors to finance “Bella” was the first miracle, the film completed was the second. The third and biggest miracle was when “Bella” Won the Toronto Film Festival, but the most touching of all has been traveling the country and meeting all of you, and your support this week
has been inspirational.

We have hundreds of theatres pre sold and many supporters are buying a 100 tickets for family, and others 10,000 to bless a whole city, anything to adopt these theatres, all in support of our film and its message.

I want you to know how grateful I am, and I hope when it comes out in theatres this Friday, you can sit in that chair, watch it on the big screen and know you were part of a miracle in action. It is a beautiful film that to me
was created by something bigger then us all, and I will never forget all of the passion, support and life this film has inspired.

If you can walk with me just a few more weeks and help us get the word out so this film can get it’s place in time and into the hearts and minds of as many people possible.

I have pasted below ways in which you can help, most of all by adopting a theatre or asking others to co-adopt a theatre.

Every email you send, blog you post, call you make, has a tremendous impact. As we all work together amazing things are happening.

God Bless,

Eduardo Verastegui
p.s. I am amazed by the unending genorocity of the people we have met through Bella. A young girl who can not afford her own rent, took all of her savings to adopt a theatre.
p.s. Our group sales Director says she has never seen anything like this.
This is a testament to you.


1. Adopt a theatre opening weekend Oct 26 or the next weekend

a. 1 person buys 300 tickets

c 10 people buy 30 tickets

Give to family, churches or organizations
You can adopt a market as well buying 4200 tickets

2. Email us your e-mail list so we can send out our special movie mails
(email back to me))

3. Blog, post and message people about

4. Send email below to your email list and ask others to do the same

Film “Bella” in theatres this week - October 26

The story behind the making of the new movie, “Bella” is unbelievable!!!

...I know many of them and they deserve our support for making a movie that
transforming peoples lives. A group of first time filmmakers took a huge
leap of
faith to tell this beautiful story and miraculously won People’s Choice
Award in
Toronto, which is often an indicator of future Academy Award nominations,
past recipients including best picture winners & nominees “Chariots of
“American Beauty”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon”,
Rwanda” among others.

After seeing the film Producer Steve McEveety (Braveheart and The Passion of
the Christ)
signed on as the Executive Producer of “Bella” to help market the film and
it is coming out
nationwide Oct 26th.

Here is an article describing their release:

There are other articles & videos at:

By forwarding this email to your entire list, we show our support for quality films that celebrate the best of the human spirit and inspire people to live for others and to build a better world.

At the same time we will encourage filmmakers to create more beautiful films like it.

We need to support our friends who are working hard for us in Hollywood because if we don’t the market will continue to be flooded with films that don’t have the beauty that “Bella” has.
If the film has a big opening weekend it will go into even more theatres next week and touch more lives… so please try to turn out this week on opening weekend, Oct 26th.

I think the below email from my friend says it all.

Please pass this email on to everyone you know!

16 posted on 10/23/2007 7:48:28 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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Need to see this movie. Hope it gets near enough to me.

18 posted on 10/24/2007 3:50:48 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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19 posted on 10/25/2007 5:45:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Movie has just passed $4,000,000.

Movie is now playing in my town/city.

Bella is now playing at just under 500 theaters...

The Bella the Movie website has been updated for locations just today that the movie opened at today... Website is having trouble keeping up...

20 posted on 11/16/2007 4:29:02 PM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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