Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (2001)
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as Martha's Therapist
as Herr Steinberg
as Frau Steinberg
as Guiseppe Lorenzo
as Noisy Customer
as Kitchen Youth
as Sam's Daughter
as Sam's Son
as Unsatisfied Customer
as Unsatisfied Customer's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Mostly Martha (Bella Martha)
This well-made and entertaining romantic comedy drama provides ample proof that German writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck can turn out a classier commercial feature than most of her Hollywood contemporaries.
Though utterly predictable, this kitchen-set romantic comedy about a severe German woman and a fun-loving Italian cook, has a certain charm, and it's about food, which speaks well for commercial appeal.
Nettelbeck serves the tastiest film about food and sex since Big Night.
Nettelbeck has given the viewer a genuine catharsis and a cinematic meal that isn't perfect -- but is all the better for it.
Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography.
Flavorful and romantic, you could call this How Martha Got Her Groove Back -- assuming, that is, she ever had one to begin with.
Audience Reviews for Mostly Martha (Bella Martha)
Yummy from beginning to end. Not only is Martha quirky to watch, but the food preparation alone is worth sitting through this movie. Sweet and stylish. Passionate. Heart warming.
This was a great film, The one I rented had English Subtitles and was in German. It started out slow, but really picked up and was very funny. If your into subtitle Movies get this one or rent it, you will not be sorry.
This is the most charming movie I have seen in a long time. It was very linear as far as foreign films go so if you want a very twisty, R Rated (as this is a PG film) foreign film this isn't it. What you get here is a great character development/study, a wonderful love story, and to watch a person who desperately needs to break out of her self-constructed cage...Well anyway...Martina Gedeck plays the marvelous Martha, a woman/cook who is very stuck in her ways and needs a few things to shake up her world a bit before she actually decides to smell the coffee as it were. You are able to watch this character blossom utilizing the vehicles of therapy and food to convey changes in character. Don't be surprised if you get REALLY hungry watching this film (much as you might if you were to be watching the incredible film, "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman). This is a wonderful movie and will leave you feeling just right.
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