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Release Date:
18 April 2002 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
14 wins & 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(35 articles)
Chef Q&A: Thn Joins Jon Favreau For Food Love & Film
 (From The Hollywood News. 24 June 2014, 4:30 AM, PDT)

Karl Baumgartner, obituary
 (From ScreenDaily. 19 March 2014, 8:27 AM, PDT)

Karl Baumgartner dead at 65
 (From ScreenDaily. 18 March 2014, 3:49 PM, PDT)

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Thoughtful, moving, rewarding See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Martina Gedeck ... Martha Klein
Maxime Foerste ... Lina Klein (Martha's niece)

Sergio Castellitto ... Mario
August Zirner ... Martha's Therapist
Sibylle Canonica ... Frida
Katja Studt ... Lea

Antonio Wannek ... Carlos
Idil Üner ... Bernadette

Oliver Broumis ... Jan

Ulrich Thomsen ... 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)
Jerome Ducornau ... Jean (as Jerome Ducournau)
Adrian Stein ... Kitchen youth
Rocco Dressel ... Bartender
Leonhard Mazohl ... Kellner

Dietrich Adam ... Doctor
Katrin Hansmeier ... Babysitter
Michael Wittenborn ... Teacher
Alexandra Flogel ... Sam's daughter (as Alexandra Flögel)
Oskar Helmi ... Sam's Son
Gunnar Titzmann ... Policeman
Jophi Ries ... Unsatisfied customer
Regula Grauwiller ... Unsatisfied customer's friend
Maria Fuchs ... Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sandra Nettelbeck ... Christin (Martha's sister) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sandra Nettelbeck 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sandra Nettelbeck 

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Christine Berg .... producer: Kinowelt
Dschingis Bowakow .... executive producer
Carlo Degli Esposti .... co-producer
Christoph Friedel .... producer
Marcel Hoehn .... co-producer
Rainer Kölmel .... co-producer
Ulrich Limmer .... co-producer
Michael Seeber .... co-producer
Heinz Stussak .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael Bertl 
 
Film Editing by
Mona Bräuer 
 
Casting by
Heta Mantscheff 
 
Production Design by
Thomas Freudenthal 
 
Set Decoration by
Sigrid Schroeder  (as 'Boubou' Sigrid Schroeder)
 
Costume Design by
Bettina Helmi 
 
Makeup Department
Katharina Erfmann .... makeup artist
Martine Felber .... makeup artist (as Martine Felber-Cordey)
 
Production Management
Gianfranco Barbagallo .... production manager
Jens Dybowski .... unit production manager
Kai Jürgensen .... unit manager
Andrea Oechsner .... production manager
Chrystelle Robin .... unit manager
Anne Urban .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Florian Michel .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Antonio Tarolla .... production designer: re-shoots
 
Sound Department
Thomas Knop .... sound effects editor
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Martin Langenbach .... sound designer
Bernhard Maisch .... sound re-recording mixer
Luc Yersin .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Roland Tropp .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Andreas Teichert .... colorist
 
Stunts
Ronnie Paul .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan José Alcaide .... lighting technician
Niko Apel .... video operator
Jochen Braune .... clapper loader
Stefan Bräsen .... lighting technician
Harry Groepler .... lighting technician
Tom Meienburg .... assistant lighting technician
Timo Moritz .... video operator
Michael Ole Nielsen .... Steadicam operator
Markus Oswald .... assistant lighting technician
Matthias Papenmeier .... assistant camera
Gunnar Peper .... assistant lighting technician
Helmut Prein .... gaffer
Robert Wedemeyer .... key grip
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Astrid Wirth .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Italy (as Béatrice Kruger)
 
Editorial Department
Brigitte Dithard .... editorial staff: SWR
Sylvia Genzmer .... assistant editor
Andrea Hanke .... editorial staff: WDR
Sönke Saalfeld .... assistant editor
Martin Schmassmann .... editorial staff: DRS
Georg Steinert .... editorial staff: ARTE
 
Music Department
Manfred Eicher .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Bruno Di Bartolomei .... production accountant
Rocco Dressel .... food designer
Gert Kappes .... operator: remote head
Alessandro Luzi .... administrator
Ilse Töpfer .... location scout
François Vila .... press agent
Frank Glaubrecht .... voice dubbing: Sergio Castellitto (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bella Martha" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic material and mild language
Runtime:
109 min | Japan:105 min
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Trivia:
Sergio Castellitto's German wasn't good enough so Frank Glaubrecht was brought in to dub his voice for the German version.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mario and Lina get ready to cook dinner at Martha's apartment, Lina puts on her apron twice.See more »
Quotes:
Mario:[to Frida, about chef Martha] It's your restaurant, but her kitchen. Without her, it's just a pile of metal. It's for her to decide.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Never Let Me GoSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Thoughtful, moving, rewarding, 9 November 2002
Author: zwirnm from United States

A few rhetorical questions:

a. Why are there no great English-language food/romance movies? Whenever you see a movie that truly ravishes you with food preparation and recipes as part of the atmosphere of the movie, it comes from France or Mexico or Hong Kong - or, if it is in English, it's borrowed culturally from another country (e.g. Chocolat, or the Mexican-American adaptation of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman). I think it's because the English speaking societies of the world have a relatively unsophisticated approach to food preparation and dining, manifest in our great contributions to world culinary arts - fast food and industrial agriculture, plus cooking technologies that take art out of the equation. You can't have a sexy drama set amidst a world of force-fed veal or microwave dinners.

b. Why do we never talk about German comedy? The Germans do have a comedic tradition, but the movies that are released in the US tend to be solemn dramas, violent or shocking action pieces or grim experimental works. On the rare instances that I see a German comedy, I'm always pleasantly surprised, and I have the feeling I'm missing out.

c. Why are European movies so much better than American films at showing sexiness and desirability in 30- or 40-something year-old women? I have a pet theory, that European sensibilities about marriage and commitment are sufficiently different from American norms that there is the expectation that a 35-year old woman may yet be actively and happily single, or perhaps a single mom who isn't stigmatized to feel that she had best find some sucker to marry her and get out of the dating pool.

d. Why isn't jazz used in American soundtracks anymore? In this film set in Germany, the score is assembled by Manfred Eicher (founder of ECM, the acclaimed modern-jazz label), and it's all good. Some nice German lieder, classic vocal jazz, and instrumental pieces by Keith Jarrett and others. We Americans appear to have forgotten jazz as soundtrack music.

In any case, Mostly Martha is a fine little movie set in contemporary Köln, starring Martina Gedeck as the title character. Martha is a neurotic, workaholic chef at a high-end restaurant, whose control freak tendencies keep her at a distance from everyone. When her boss insists that she go to therapy, she replies by preparing recipes for the hapless shrink. Both lonely and a loner (a tricky combination), she throws herself into her work to the point of exhaustion.

Martha's single-minded life is thrown upside down when she suddenly becomes the guardian to her niece Lina (Maxime Foerste). As she struggles to take on this new role, the arrival of a competitor in the form of a brash Italian chef (Sergio Castellitto) threatens her supremacy in the kitchen.

Any viewer of romantic comedies knows where this is going, but I have no complaints about the plot line. The performances were all good; the dialogue is thoughtful; the food looks delicious. It's not a great movie, but it's a good one and would be an admirable effort by any studio.

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