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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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Wiener Schnitzel Italian style... 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:
U DanceSee more »

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Wiener Schnitzel Italian style..., 14 October 2002
Author: jotix100 from New York

This German film is one of the happiest surprises of the year. Not only is it a well paced, acted, and directed, but it involves the viewer like no other film in recent memory. Director/writer Sandra Nettelbeck deserves praise for bringing this joyous piece to the screen.

Martina Gedleck, as Martha, is perfect as the control freak of the upscale restaurant. Obviously, she can cook, judging by the full houses and the good vibes she generates among the diners. What she has in smarts, she lacks in social graces. Obviously, she doesn't have a life.

Her world is shattered by the arrival of a niece that comes to her under tragic circumstances, and from Mario, the new Italian cook. One can see the new man in her kitchen is too much of a free spirit, who ultimately will be her downfall.

Mario, very nicely played by Sergio Castelletto, is the opposite of his German colleague. It doesn't take long for him to charm the daylights out of Martha. Sparks fly whenever they are on screen together. Both principals have the right chemistry and that's why this film works so well. It will surely disarm anyone in the right state of mind. The only thing is that one must leave the theatre craving for a great meal.

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