By Christopher Gildemeister
PG-13 for thematic
elements and brief disturbing images
Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez
Recommended age: 12+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green
References to pregnancy
Brief glimpse of bloody body, veiled references to abortion
Nina is a waitress who discovers she is pregnant. Jose is her
co-worker, a cook with a tragedy in his past. Nina is not prepared to cope
with motherhood and considers ending her pregnancy; but her friendship with
Jose, and the influence of his family, show her that there are more
possibilities to life than the negative ones she foresees.
There is very little content of concern in Bella. In a flashback, a
bloodied body is very briefly and rapidly glimpsed. Since most of the movie
is concerned with Nina’s pregnancy, many conversations center on the
subject, but few are explicit. Nina considers abortion, but that discussion
in particular is veiled and the subject is covered mostly by implication.
One scene shows her going to a clinic, but she is ultimately unable to go
through with the procedure.
The DVD release includes a director’s commentary track,
behind-the-scenes and a making-of featurette, and a music video.
presents a powerful pro-life message, and shows how love, friendship, and
compassion for others – even relative strangers – can literally make the
difference between life and death. Bella has been honored by multiple film
festivals, including the Heartland Film Festival, for its strong values and
message. The Parents Television Council is proud to award Bella with
the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. Though there is no negative
content, due to the movie’s mature subject matter the PTC does not recommend
this DVD for viewers under age 12.