Would you go to see a film about a pregnant New York waitress from a deprived background – estranged from her family, dumped by her lover, fired for being late, and about to arrange an abortion? Really?
If you said no, you would certainly be affirmed in your decision by critics at the top Entertainment sections.
But then Bella stunned film mavens by winning the Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award. Audiences have since made Bella a popular, award-winning – and well-rewarded – movie.
There is currently an enormous cultural divide between elite culture and popular culture in North America, and film’s future rests with popular culture. To understand what will happen next for Expelled, ignore the derision of the elite; note whether people “with jobs” go see the film.
Denyse O’Leary looks at what happened with Bella here at the ID Arts site.