I am very pleased that the Toronto Film Festival chose “Bella” to win their top audience award over the weekend…. It’s incredibly charming, with terrific performances by Tammy Blanchard and Mexican star Eduardo Verástegui and Manny Perez. It’s directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. It’s too easy to say this is the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” of this season, because “Bella” is far more complex and sophisticated while losing none of the humor. Whoever decides to release “Bella” will have a nice little hit on their hands. The freshness and lack of affectation in “Bella” must have appealed to audiences who had to endure a number of big-name films that seemed contrived, stale or calculated.

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