Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) Reviews

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September 27, 2002
Mostly Martha glides so effortlessly from comedy to drama that you may be surprised how often you are laughing and crying at the same time.
September 25, 2002
The gorgeous food preparation scenes would be enough to separate Martha from other films of this ilk, but Nettlebeck is also blessed with a score of great performances.
September 20, 2002
An irresistible concoction.
September 20, 2002
Good, solid storytelling.
September 20, 2002
A tasty but unfilling appetizer.
September 19, 2002
Kitchen scenes playing as obvious and light-hearted metaphors for states of mind and relationships, Mostly Martha leaves a few elements hanging that it probably should have tidied.
September 19, 2002
Nettelbeck has given the viewer a genuine catharsis and a cinematic meal that isn't perfect -- but is all the better for it.
September 17, 2002
The surprising thing about Mostly Martha is not that it dodges the clichs it sets up... but that its fulfillment of those clichs, and the warmth you feel as a result, seem so honestly earned.
September 15, 2002
Nettelbeck's alliterative subtext -- food equals love, life, and longing -- is more or less obvious from the get-go, but the excellent performance from Gedeck and Castellitto belie the film's straightforward nature.
September 13, 2002
[A] satisfying niblet.
September 13, 2002
Demonstrates that it's possible to pull all the heartstrings that Hollywood films of its ilk hope to pull, to evoke the same laughs and sighs and sniffles, and still maintain artistic dignity and real taste.
September 12, 2002
A comedy that not only serves up the laughs, but also great-looking entrees and a dash of romance.
September 12, 2002
Even when foreign directors ... borrow stuff from Hollywood, they invariably shake up the formula and make it more interesting.
August 31, 2002
Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography.
August 31, 2002
Flavorful and romantic, you could call this How Martha Got Her Groove Back -- assuming, that is, she ever had one to begin with.
August 30, 2002
Handsome and sophisticated approach to the workplace romantic comedy.
August 30, 2002
The music makes a nice album, the food is enticing and Italy beckons us all.
August 30, 2002
It has the elegance associated with haute cuisine, so it rises a level above your typical Hollywood chick flick.
August 30, 2002
A delightful little film that revels in its own simplicity, Mostly Martha will leave you with a smile on your face and a grumble in your stomach.
August 30, 2002
Wenn Sie "deutschen cinema," das erste Ding denken, das zu Gemt kommt, ist romanisch und Komdie, Recht?
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