Bella Vita (2010)

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Episode in the Bella series
Original title Bella Vita
Country of production Germany
original language German
Hager Moss movie
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
classification Episode 1 ( list )
first broadcast
October 23, 2010 on ZDFneo
Director Thomas Berger
script Melanie Brügel ,
Georg Heinzen
production Alexander Bickel ,
Wolfgang Grundmann ,
Kirsten Hager ,
Carmen Stozek ,
Sabine Wenath
music Beaver Gullatz
camera Martin Kukula
cut Ute A. Rall

Bella Vita is a German comedy by the director Thomas Berger from 2010 and the first episode of the TV series Bella with Andrea Sawatzki in the title role.


Isabella Jung, called Bella by everyone , is a housewife with all her soul. For his 50th birthday, she gives a surprise party for her husband Martin. Since he actually wanted to celebrate alone with his wife and would have loved to go to Paris with her, he is not very happy about the spontaneous party. Out of frustration, he has fun with his young colleague and promptly ends up in bed with her.

All the guests present who took note of this affair are just as speechless as Bella, and so the betrayed wife moves into the hotel with her 15-year-old daughter Lena that same evening.

Bella hopes for an apology from her husband, but it turns out a little different than she expected. Martin realizes his mistake, but also points out to Bella that their marriage had become rather boring in recent years. Bella lets herself be provoked and says she could get along well without a man and so she and her daughter look for an apartment in Berlin-Kreuzberg .

However, this puts her into a financial bottleneck because she was previously economically dependent on her husband. In the search for an income of her own, she first takes any job. After she realizes that her basic attitude does not necessarily match that of a sales-oriented employee, she is fired on the first day.

The next job doesn't go much better, but you unexpectedly meet Martin. Lena immediately thinks that her parents would get along again and that the "adventure vacation" is now over. But when she realizes that the separation is serious, she packs her things and moves back to her father. Bella is disappointed and finds solace in Sebastian, a divorced police officer who understands Bella's problems well. He encourages her to find out what she actually wants for herself.

When Lena wants to go to her mother after an argument with her father, she sees that she is with Sebastian and turns back disappointed. She seeks refuge with her aunt Ines, but also disappears here again. Bella and Martin start looking for their daughter, worried. She is finally picked up by Sebastian, who can make it clear to her that her parents are very worried about her.

Happy that the three of them have found each other again, a reconciliation seems near. Bella is staying with Martin, but she is not ready to stay with him for good. She wants to continue exploring her new life - she feels that returning is the wrong direction. She also just got a job in a technology call center. Her pleasant voice and her ability to empathize with other people convinced her there. She celebrates her evening in a small bar, where she sometimes helps out as a waitress.


Bella Vita was shot in Berlin in 2010 and was released on DVD on June 3, 2011. In 2012 the sequel film Bella Australia followed , in 2013 two more parts Bella Dilemma - three are one too many and Bella Familia - exchange excluded . In 2014, at the end of the series, Bella Casa followed - nobody moves out here! and Bella Amore - resistance futile .


Audience ratings

The first broadcast on October 23, 2010 reached 5.41 million viewers, which corresponded to a market share of 16.9 percent.


Rainer Tittelbach from commented on this opening episode: “Andrea Sawatzki plays [her role] as a charismatic stand-up mistress, from whom you keep asking yourself where she gets her energy from. Mainly from the power of the genre. The authors drive the subject into the (tragic) comedy with wit, esprit and traces of seriousness and thus turn the self-discovery story into an intelligent feelgood film. "

The critics of the TV magazine TV Spielfilm gave the best rating (thumbs up) and rated: "A brisk pace and good-humored actors [...] make the self-discovery comedy fun without regrets." Conclusion: "Easy, but not stupid: just Bella! "

Tilmann P. Gangloff wrote for : “'Bella Vita' tells the story of a woman in her so-called middle age who falls from the clouds but lands on her feet: because she sees the catastrophe of her life as an opportunity; even if it takes a while. "" Thomas Berger [...] stages the plot with a lot of verve and a great feel for the comic scenes. Andrea Sawatzki should have been covered with bruises after filming because Bella is constantly making mishaps. Nevertheless, the film never becomes a mess. "

At Prisma Online, the verdict was: “With the rather average crime thriller 'Tatort - At the end of the day', Andrea Sawatzki withdrew from Germany's most successful crime series after 17 episodes in order to finally be able to concentrate on other projects. However, she should act a little more sensitively when choosing her roles, because this well-cast and played comedy is simply too exaggerated. This is not only due to the script by Georg Heinzen ('Two girls on Mallorca - The hottest night of the year', 'Gran Paradiso - The adventure of being human') and Melanie Brügel ('When in doubt for love'), but also in the staging of crime film director Thomas Berger ('Commissioner Lucas'), who presented one of his few comedies here. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Rainer Tittelbach : Sawatzki, Sarbacher, Thomas Berger & an adult comedy full of empathy at , accessed on November 28, 2017.
  2. Film review by TV Spielfilm , accessed on March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Tilmann P. Gangloff : Bella Vita-Filmkritik bei , accessed on March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Bella Vita at Prisma Online , accessed January 27, 2013.