True Stories

Bella joins an increasing number of movies that have a positive, Catholic message for today’s overly secular world. In fact, there are been several major films produced in recent years that aimed at the distinctly “conservative” Catholic audience.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net
Have I got a great idea for a movie.

A boy raised in a Mexican village, son of a sugar-cane farmer, leaves home at 18 to seek his fortune in the big city.

The boy is handsome and talented and becomes a star of Mexican television, singer for a rock band famous throughout Latin America and a big movie star.

Along the way, the success loses it sweetness and he decides he wants more from life. He undergoes a profound religious conversion, gives up the glamorous life, finds a couple partners and makes a movie about all that is good and true in life. He produces the movie and stars in it. Though shot on a modest budget and with all of the major participants making a film for the first time, the result is a brilliant movie that takes first place at the Toronto Film Festival.

Now…that would make a great movie. And it is an absolutely true story.

Unfortunately, that movie has yet to be made. But the movie, Bella, that the son of a farmer made, that won the awards and critical acclaim, really will open October 26.

Bella. This is a movie of emotions, struggles and the heroic possibilities of the human spirit. It might make you cry.

The star and producer is Eduardo Verastegui. And though his life has taken a direction he would never have imagined a few years ago, he remains talented and handsome. And while he once was besieged by crowds of teen admirers, after seeing this movie I have a hunch that mothers and fathers will join the crowd.

Bella joins an increasing number of movies that have a positive, Catholic message for today’s overly secular world. In fact, there are been several major films produced in recent years that aimed at the distinctly “conservative” Catholic audience. Frankly, some of them were rather dreadful. They seemed to be produced on the assumption that since they carried a faithful Catholic message, faithful Catholics would be obligated to pay the price of admission and support “good Catholic programming.”

Life doesn’t work that way. It might be “faithful” to have a movie of someone reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church. But it would be boring theater.

True and good stories don’t have to be boring (I think Mel Gibson proved it.) If you are going to compete with amoral Hollywood movies, you have to match the production values of the amoral folks. You need a movie with drama, tension, intriguing images and great acting performances.

Bella has all those qualities. You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy it. So, go for the message and stay for the movie – or go for the movie and be provoked by the message.

But go. You can learn more about the movie and view its rather dramatic trailer at BellaTheMovie.com.


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