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Mostly Martha (2001)
"Bella Martha" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Drama  |  27 September 2002 (USA)
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When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

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In a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein is the undisputed supreme ruler of the kitchen staff and woe to any customer who would dare criticize her cooking. Her life is firmly centered around cooking which takes on a obsessive level with stubborn single mindedness. Even when she is ordered to take therapy, she still constantly talks about her work and the iron clad control she relishes in her task. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her 8 year old daughter, Lina. Martha takes her niece in and while making enquiries for her estranged father, she struggles to care for this stubbornly headstrong child. Meanwhile at work, a new chef named Mario is hired on and Martha feels threatened by this unorthodox intruder. The pressures of both her private and work life combine to create a situation that will fundamentally call her attitudes and life choices into question while these interlopers into her life begin to profoundly change it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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$40,446 (USA) (16 August 2002)

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$4,158,045 (USA) (17 January 2003)
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Sergio Castellitto's German wasn't good enough so Frank Glaubrecht was brought in to dub his voice for the German version. See more »

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When Mario and Lina get ready to cook dinner at Martha's apartment, Lina puts on her apron twice. See more »

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Mario: Why would she want to stay with her family in sunny Italy when she can return to cold and grey Germany to live there with a nut case like you?
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Solid Comedy Drama From Germany
9 November 2002 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

This enjoyable little movie is solid in all dramatic and comedy aspects. This is great entertainment with an uplifting message and a great feast for the eyes and ears. The German subtitles are hardly a problem as the storyline is universal and the expressions and acting go beyond cultural barriers to tug at the heart and mind in this wonderful cinematic treat. Chefs and lovers, people who have lost someone and those who are caught within themselves, with some inner demons can appreciate this movie that captures both the beauty and complexity of perfection and the freedom of human emotions.


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