I only recommend movies cautiously.  But, last night as a family we had the opportunity to go to a special screening of Bella, a movie (as one reviewer summarized it) “about life, love . . .and the love of life.”

image It is a drama about two people facing the reality of the life altering consequences of decisions–a hidden past, an uncertain future.

Themes that come through the movie are the value of family, the need for friendship, the reality of consequences and the value of life.

It is an independent, low budget movie, but well done.  It won the Toronto International Film Festival people’s choice aware in 2006.

This is a movie worth seeing, worth taking your teens to see.  It isimage rated PG13, but not for language or sensuality.  There are several intense moments that may not be suitable for young children, especially the more sensitive ones.

The timeline of the movie is a bit hard to follow in a few places, but this will give you the opportunity to talk about the movie and the message with those you see it with.

Check out the clips–trailer and Eduardo’s story to see the real life results of the movie.

We also liked the first line in the movie, “My grandmother used to say, ‘You want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.'”

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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