Bella is a pearl of a character–she transcends quirky. An idealist, she’s also, we learn in passing from a doctor who’s her best girlfriend, bulimic–which isn’t inconsistent and isn’t belabored. Having repeatedly given her lover, a frighteningly smug and pathetic theater director, one more chance to leave his wife, she’s now entering the twilight of her childbearing years–a fact suddenly brought home by the approach of her 35th birthday. Her hunt for a man is only part of what drives this immensely charming romantic comedy–and gritty fairy tale–whose several subplots are gathered together like a bunch of wildflowers. Written and directed by Amos Kollek; with Anna Thomson, Louise Lasser, Jamie Harris, Robert Modica, and Austin Pendleton. 96 min. Landmark’s Century Centre.

–Lisa Alspector