Director: Vera Brunner-SungUSA
It’s minimalism combined with awkward action motored at a snail’s pace. That pretty much defines Bella Vista, the movie filled with wide-lensed Montana landscapes and not much else. The opening scene of motionless snowy woodlands goes on embarrassingly long, much like an excruciating wordless pause at a posh dinner party. The audience squirms in their seats waiting for something to happen. When we finally spy a figure, Doris (Kathleen Wise) trudging across the screen, expectation runs high that something will actually happen. But it doesn’t. The hiker just sort of wanders off the screen, bottom right, an indication of things to come, or, more accurately things not to come.