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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 »
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(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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Four relationships, two fronts, an island (no woman is....) 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 Martha and Mario first kiss, he leans to the right with the left side of their noses touching. In the next shot he's leaning to the left.See more »
Quotes:
Lina Klein:I'm not going without my scarf!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Much Of Your LoveSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Four relationships, two fronts, an island (no woman is....), 23 February 2003

(spoiler regarding the general plot)

Bella Martha reminds me of About A Boy, the "no man is an island" aspect of it. In some ways, Martha is like the guy played by Hugh Grant. The difference though is that while he apparently is really happy about the state of affairs, i.e. the isolation, she is not (even if she may not be fully aware of her own unhappiness). She has to visit a therapist regularly, although she claims that this is purely on instruction of her boss. I call this visit the first of the four "relationships" just to make the number sound more interesting.

The other three relationship all start to develop quite early in the film. First, a neighbour moves in, a gentlemanly engineer called Sam. Then in her "office" i.e. the kitchen of a restaurant where she is the chef, a chap called Mario is brought in by her boss as temporary relief for her assistant on maternity leave. Finally, death of her single-parent sister in an accident left her taking care of her eight-year-old niece Lina while they search her father in Italy.

The first half of the film developed these three relationships along the two fronts: home and office. Soon, it is clear that Sam's role is not really significant, serving just as a dependable friend and emergency-baby-sitter. On the other hand, rocky starts of the other two relationships smooth out as the two fronts merge. Lina comes to the restaurant kitchen in the evenings, becoming a darling there, while Mario becomes a family friend and Lina's buddy, and the three look just like a family. We begin to see smiles on Martha's face.

As in similar movies, just after the mid-point, when characters are well developed and things go nicely, conflicts occur. What I found is that the hostility of Lina towards Martha is less than convincing, even if we take into account her possible rejection of Martha as a mother-substitution. The eventual reconciliation also comes a little too easily. The other conflicts, on which I won't go into details, are not that well developed.

But that is exactly the main point. This is not a Hollywood movie with the standard formula of powerful dramatic conflicts and climatic tear-jerking conclusions. This point is well made when we see the ending of the story given to us quite casually as part of the credit roll. Oh yes, there's a concluding scene with the therapist, reminding us of the sense of humour that comes as part of the film.

Smooth jazz (not sure if that's the right terminology) has been used throughout the film, at the right times, enhancing it rather than distracting from it.

Finally, I really love the scenes in the kitchen which is Martha's entire universe at the beginning of the film, as well as where her reconciliation with both Mario and Lina first takes place. The story aside, I really enjoy the operation in the kitchen, which is the exact opposite to the mass production lines brought about by the industrial revolution. Here, in Martha's kitchen, things are done with what I can only describe as artistic flair.

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