Mostly Martha (2001)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance, Drama


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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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  • Martina Gedeck as Martha and Sergio Castellitto as Mario
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  • Martina Gedeck as Martha and Sergio Castellitto as Mario
  • Director Sandra Nettelbeck
  • Martina Gedeck (left) as Martha, Katja Studt (center) as Lea, and Sergio Castellitto as Mario
  • Mostly Martha (2001)

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14 October 2002 | jotix100
9
| Wiener Schnitzel Italian style...
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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