Mostly Martha

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Released 2001

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Director:
Sandra Nettelbeck
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG
Mostly Martha is a romantic dramatic comedy film directed Sandra Nettelbeck focusing on the life of Martha Klein (Martina Gedeck), whose workaholic and perfectionist approach to living comes to head when the only person she can talk to openly, her sister, dies, leaving her sullen niece, Lina (Maxime Foerste) in her care. Completely unprepared to raise her niece, who refuses to eat even the delicacies the renowned chef Martha makes, her career turns as well when her boss hires an Italian fun loving and quirky sous-chef Mario (Sergio Castellitto) whose operatic and social style of cooking clashes with Martha’s no-nonsense and tight hold of her kitchen. Threatened and frustrated, Martha has to take the baby steps needed to welcome both Lina and Mario into her life before it is too late. Mostly Martha is a quirky and amusing take on a control freak out of control set to the beat of delicious recipes and the idiosyncrasies of a kitchen. Mostly Martha inspired No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Extremely enjoyable, though a few degrees shy of perfection.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    A charming relationships comedy about food, gourmet cooking and emotionally chilling out. Anchored by a career-best performance from German thesp Martina Gedeck.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    It's a drag how Nettelbeck sees working women -- or at least this working woman -- for whom she shows little understanding; there's a puritan, even punitive, cast to the way she se...

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Love & Romance, Foreign Language, Romantic Comedy