Bella, Min Bella (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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A troubled mother-daughter relationship becomes even more corrosive when the widowed mother (Lone Hertz) rents out a room in their spacious suburban villa to a handsome writer (Lars Bom). The teenage daughter (Mette Maria Ahrenkiel) quickly attempts to seduce the new tenant, more to spite the mother than out of true desire. The girl's hitherto secure little world is falling apart: she wants to fit in with the fast, pot-smoking crowd and, at the same time, help a Bosnian refugee (Dejan Cukic) avoid the authorities. Fighting with her mother for the attention of a grown man almost seems an escape from the outside, too-adult world. In the end, it is the fate of the young Bosnian -- so much more consequential than a petty love triangle -- that forces mother and daughter to reevaluate their relationship. Directed by the then 83-year-old Danish veteran Astrid Henning-Jensen (Child of Man (1946), Vinterbørn (1978)), Bella Min Bella received more attention as the return to the screen of 1960s screen star Lone Hertz (Crazy Paradise (1965)) than for its slightly anachronistic generation-gap theme.

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child, daughter, family, love, love-triangle, mother, refugee, seduction, widow/widower, writing