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Mostly Martha (2001)

Bella Martha (original title)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martha Klein
Maxime Foerste ... Lina Klein (Martha's niece)
... Mario
... Martha's Therapist
... Frida
... Lea
... Carlos
Idil Üner ... Bernadette
... Jan
... 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)
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Storyline

In a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein is the undisputed supreme ruler of the kitchen staff and woe to any customer who would dare criticize her cooking. Her life is firmly centered around cooking which takes on a obsessive level with stubborn single mindedness. Even when she is ordered to take therapy, she still constantly talks about her work and the iron clad control she relishes in her task. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her 8 year old daughter, Lina. Martha takes her niece in and while making inquiries for her estranged father, she struggles to care for this stubbornly headstrong child. Meanwhile at work, a new chef named Mario is hired on and Martha feels threatened by this unorthodox intruder. The pressures of both her private and work life combine to create a situation that will fundamentally call her attitudes and life choices into question while these interlopers into her life begin to profoundly change it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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"Shiawase" wa, honno chotto no sajikagen [Japan] See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material and mild language | See all certifications »

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27 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,446, 18 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,160,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,852,022
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Trivia

No Reservations (2007) is a remake of this film. It stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as the main character, Abigail Breslin as the niece, and Aaron Eckhart as the romantic lead. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Connections

Featured in Le cinéma passe à table (2005) See more »

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U Dance
Written by Keith Jarrett
Performed by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette
ECM Records
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Mostly Martha but all good.
22 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Mostly Martha" is a thoroughly delightful tale of a comely, self contained, socially unassured, and occasionally gauche German master chef, Martha (Gedeck), in need of a recipe for living who finds love through tragedy and romance through cooking. In thinking about these comments I concluded that there is nothing I would change about this film except the language (I don't speak German). A perfect little gem, "Mostly Martha" is the kind of flick which makes you feel sorry for those who won't watch foreign films because of subtitles and wonder why audiences dine voraciously on cinematic junk food when such palate pleasers as this are not only delicious but nutritious. (A-)


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