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A Wedding for Bella (aka The Bread, My Sweet)

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Melissa Martin

People use the word "sleeper" loosely, butA Wedding for Bella(released to theaters asThe Bread, My Sweet) truly fits the bill. This tiny-budgeted charmer had modest distribution, but managed to win over the audiences that stumbled across it. In order … see full wiki

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Director: Melissa Martin
1 review about A Wedding for Bella (aka The Bread, My Sweet)

For the Romantically Inclined - in All of Us

  • Sep 2, 2004
A WEDDING FOR BELLA (aka THE BREAD, MY SWEET) is lovely little low budget film that demonstrates how tender the heart can be without the need for big time stars or production values. This film as directed by Melissa Martin reminds us that quiet slices of life in middle America have as much if not more cinematic validity that the big blockbusters. Briefly, Dominic (a very fine Scott Baio!) and his two brothers are bakers and have adopted an older couple (Bella portrayed with understated simplicity and warmth by Rosemary Prinz and Massimo portrayed by John Seitz) as family. Dominic wears two hats: he is a successful businessman in the mid Pittsburgh district but spends as much time with his brothers in the family bakery. Dominic and Bella are especially close and when it is discovered that Bella has terminal cancer, Dominic sets out to find her 'estranged' daughter Lucca (Kristin Minter) who everybody thinks is an unloving carefree beatnik in Mexico. Lucca arrives and with her comes the truth - that she graduated Law School with honors, was disillusioned, left Pittsburgh to be in the Peace Corps to help others, became disillusioned and ended up selling junk art to tourists in Mexico. Her reason for return is not in response to Dominic's pleas (she never got the messages), but to her own need to reunite with the mother whom she adores. Bella's secret wish is that Lucca be happily married and have children, but she also is a wise enough mother to know that her daughter must choose her own life. Dominic decides that the thing that would make Bella happy before she succumbs to her cancer is for Dominic and Lucca to marry! Their intentions thrill Bella and the 'extended family' all concentrate on the energies of wedding preparation to offset Bella's impending demise. The way this all plays out in the end is the meaningful part and to reveal that would not be fair. Suffice it to say that the actors carry off multiple levels of interpersonal relationships, touching on the comedy, the tragedy and the warmth of these marvelous Italian American characters. Yes, the film wears its heart on its sleeve, but who's to say that is wrong? A feel good movie of taste and promise.

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