Mostly Martha (Bella Martha)


(out of 5)

Enchanting German drama makes a perfect entry in the long line of food movies that include Babette’s Feast and Like Water For Chocolate. Stringent Martha is one of the city’s most renowned chefs, working day in and day out at her posh restaurant making literal artwork of the wonderful meals she creates. She maintains a steady life in the back of the kitchen until a family tragedy leaves her caring for a little girl, and her boss hires a zesty Italian chef to fill in for the time that she’s gone. She clashes personalities with both of them, but eventually she begins to explore new aspects in her life that she never knew before. The story is familiar but so exceptionally well performed, directed with subtle grace by first-timer Sandra Nettelbeck making sure it never feels tired for a second.  is exceptional in the title role.  Remade with Catherine Zeta-Jones as No Reservations.

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Germany/Italy/Austria/Switzerland, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by Sandra Nettelbeck

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2001



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