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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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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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A Perfectionist Becomes Unglued-Charmingly, Movingly 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)
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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 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:
[last lines]
Martha Klein:Then it must be the sugar.
Martha's Therapist:The sugar?
Martha Klein:Did you get the Belgian vergeoise like I told you?
Martha's Therapist:Are you telling me that you can taste what kind of sugar I've used?
Martha Klein:Of course not, but I can taste which kind you didn't use.
Martha's Therapist:[she smiles softly as he leaves] I give up. I'll be right back.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Never Let Me GoSee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A Perfectionist Becomes Unglued-Charmingly, Movingly, 6 September 2002

Director Sandra Nettelbeck directed a wonderful cast in an outstanding film blending drama and comedy in a setting that left me moved - and hungry.

"Mostly Martha" (original name "Bella Martha") revolves around wound-up-tight-as-a-burrito master chef Martha (Martina Gedeck). Responsible for the success of Lido, her boss, Frida's (Sybille Canonica) urban German restaurant, Martha must nevertheless comply with her employer's demand that she weekly see a therapist (August Zirner). Martha seems clueless as to why therapy might help her but observing her in the kitchen and with restaurant guests suggests that her boss isn't too off-base sending her to a shrink. On the other hand, this therapist seems to at sea with her. He'd really find his place in New York.

Martha is Lido's proud and controlling head chef and she benevolently but firmly rules the kitchen. She's less charming with complaining customers engaging in forced and loud confrontations that I doubt even a hardened New Yorker could tolerate. Or an owner.

Coming for a visit, Martha's sister is fatally injured in a car crash leaving her eight-year old daughter, Lina (Maxine Foreste), lightly injured physically but deeply grief-stricken and withdrawn. Of course what follows is Martha's attempt to care for Lina and the clashes this unanticipated and initially painful relationship inevitably spawns.

Complicating matters, enter handsome chef Mario (Sergio Castellitto) who Frida hired without Martha's clearance. Professional jealousy? Fear of competition? Rude behavior? No spoilers in listing the inevitable.

Films with food as a central theme often allow the potential joy of gustatory pleasures to serve as a metaphor for the possibilities of satisfying and meaningful personal relations. Sappiness is a very possible roadblock too often encountered in this genre where the saccharine isn't just on the table. Not here. Everyone in the cast is marvelous. The characters are real. It's impossible not to care about them.

Especially winning is Maxine playing Lina. The nuances of her portrayal mirror without histrionics the path a bereaved little child must follow to reach acceptance and happiness. Martha, with no experience with children, goes through a believable transformation that made at least this viewer root silently for her. A woman who thinks a depressed and scared child wants haute cuisine for every meal as comfort food has a way to go. And Martha makes the trip.

Please see this film. It won't show up in many places but it's bound to be in rental outlets before long.

10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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