Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jonah Hauer-King, Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, Barry Watson
Family drama directed by Charles Martin Smith which chronicles the adventure of Bella (Bryce Dallas Howard), a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King), an aspiring med student and VA hospital volunteer. Bella touches the lives of many during her unwavering quest, from an orphaned mountain lion cub to a homeless veteran down on his luck, Bella brings joy and comfort to everyone she meets with her unique spirit and faith.
[referring to Bella]
Lucas’s Friend: She does seem to really like you.
Lucas: Maybe this is a sign her home is supposed to be with me.
Lucas: I think I’m going to call her Bella.
Bella: [voice over] My name is Bella, and this is Lucas. Over the years we did everything together. Life with Lucas was the best.
Bella: [voice over] The first thing I remember is Lucas.
Bella: [voice over] We played ball, and we played “don’t chew shoes”.
[to Bella as she takes his shoe and starts chewing it]
Lucas: Don’t chew shoes!
Bella: [voice over] That one was his favorite.
Lucas: Do you want a tiny piece of cheese?
Bella: [voice over] Yes, yes, cheese is my life!
[as Bella sees snow for the first time]
Lucas: Bella, it’s just snow.
[Bella is at Terri’s group support meeting]
Bella: [voice over] I could always feel mom’s sadness going away when I comforted her. But she wasn’t the only one who needed me. Mack was the most sad.
[to Teo, as she watches how Mack is comforted by Bella’s presence]
Terri: I’m going to bring her again tomorrow.
Bella: [voice over] I had a great family and a place to call home.
[Bella sees a squirrel outside the bedroom window and jumps out to chase after it]
Bella: [voice over] Squirrel! Squirrel, squirrel, squirrel!
Bella: [voice over] I was lost and had gotten very far from home, but I had to get back to Lucas.
Gavin: What’s your name? Sophie? Sadie?
[Bella barks her confirmation]
Gavin: Bella! Good dog.
Bella: [voice over] The world was far bigger and more uncertain than I could ever imagine.
Bella: [voice over] I discovered that every challenge I met, every fear I faced, got me one step closer to the place where I belong.
Bella: [voice over] Whenever life gets hard, it’s our loved ones that help us get through it, and I was never going to stop searching for mine.
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