83 user 56 critic

Mostly Martha (2001)

Bella Martha (original title)
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.


Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

14 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director: Scott Hicks
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand.

Director: Christian Vincent
Stars: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners.

Director: Joseph Levy
Stars: Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.

Director: Maria Ripoll
Stars: Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nicolas, a handsome, young waiter, is befriended by Frédéric Delamont, a wealthy middle-aged businessman. Delamont, a man of power, influence and strictly refined tastes, is immediately ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rapp
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin
Le Chef (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Director: Daniel Cohen
Stars: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué
Big Night (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony


Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxime Foerste ...
Idil Üner ...
Sam Thalberg
Gerhard Garbers ...
Herr Steinberg
Angela Schmidt ...
Frau Steinberg
Diego Ribon ...
Giuseppe Lorenzo
W.D. Sprenger ...
Noisy customer
Victoria Trauttmansdorff ...
Companion (as Victoria von Trautmannsdorf)


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 inquiries 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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In Martha's enchanted kitchen, more than the food is starting to simmer. With some special ingredients they just might discover a recipe for passion. See more »


Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | |



Release Date:

27 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mostly Martha  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,446, 18 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


No Reservations (2007) is a remake of this film. It stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as the main character, Abigail Breslin as the niece, and Aaron Eckhart as the romantic lead. See more »


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


Lina Klein: I'm not going without my scarf!
See more »


Featured in Le cinéma passe à table (2005) See more »


1989 EMI Records
Written by Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno, English lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by Dean Martin
© Published by Gerig Musikverlage
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Home Cooking
9 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's almost as if Nettelbeck had been given a recipe for a perfect film - start with the tried-and-tested, take a character living alone, set in his/her ways then saddle him/her with a young kid and simmer the love-hate on a low flame; add a culture clash and vamp til ready -and discarded it in favor of her own ingredients. The culinery metaphor is self-explanatory but it IS fun to see the heavy, lard-based German cuisine slugging it out with the lighter, oil-based Italian style. Up front we have two cold teutonic hearts, aunt and neice and with the introduction of the Italian extrovert chef we know it is only a matter of time til the warm Italian sun thaws the cold aryan hearts. That's pretty much what happens but it is a DELIGHT to go along for the ride and surrender your emotional taste-buds to Nettelbeck's expertise for the entire running time. I've just seen this movie for the second time in about 8 months and I was just as captivated this time around. 9/10

31 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 83 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page