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18 April 2002 (Germany) See more »
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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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14 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Karl Baumgartner, obituary
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Karl Baumgartner dead at 65
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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)
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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:
Lina Klein:I'm not going without my scarf!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Angelina - Zooma Zooma (Medley)See more »

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39 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Assured, intelligent, charming, 21 January 2003
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

A strange thing about the food: some of it, like the bird-cooked-in-pig's-bladder which Martha describes in loving detail in order to have something to talk about while she's with her therapist, sounds good, and perhaps even looks good, without being in the least bit appetising. You'd have to be mad to actually eat anything that's been cooked in a pig's bladder. But Martha is probably right aesthetically, if not in any other way: if she says the best way to cook the bird is in a pig's bladder, then you'd better believe it.

Martha is a superb creation. She's a good chef. (She may be the best chef of any film ever made.) When her boss sends her to a therapist, she talks about food and cooking, which interest her, rather than about herself, which doesn't interest her. She goes to therapy because her boss orders her to, and when her therapist (who's no fool either) asks her why she thinks her boss orders her to, she says, as though considering the question for the first time, that she doesn't know – and she clearly doesn't care, either.

When various people (her orphaned niece, an Italian cook) come along to disrupt her life, we're on her side in wanting her to retain control; and although these likable people DO successfully disrupt her life, she does successfully retain control; so everyone wins. And it's hard not to admire someone who can not only insult the philistines who eat at the restaurant where she works but who know how to do so properly. These people don't know how good they have it. I'd rather be insulted by her than flattered by some spineless flunky.

The script, word for word, and moment for moment, is as perfectly judged as one of Martha's dishes. The IMDb user who says of Lina: "She didn't cry when her mother died, but she was really upset when Martha forgot to pick her up. It wasn't her fault, it was the script's" merely shows how much his sensibilities have been coarsened by Hollywood cliché. In fact, the film shows genuine insight into the way people naturally react, not the way lazy screenwriters would like to train them to react. Lina reacts to her mother's death not with the usual screen histrionics but by not eating. Tears are reserved (as they are in life) for less important misfortunes.

This is an assured, intelligent, charming film. Even the use of music shows an unerring touch. I'm eager to see what Sandra Nettelbeck does next.

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