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Mostly Martha ()

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featuring Martina Gedeck, Sergio Castellitto, Maxime Foerste, August Zirner, Ulrich Thomsen

Sandra Nettelbeck spins this gentle drama about how a child's presence can change the lives of the most shy and career-minded of adults. Martha ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

a film for the senses.

by Sivvie on Oct 30, 2009

Mostly Martha is a feast for the senses: the charismatic leads, the wonderful music and the preparation of luscious food. Martha (Martina Gedeck ) is a beautiful, temperamental chef with a job in a busy restaurant. She shimmers with emotions kept mainly under the surface. Gedeck gives a lovely even, fascinating performance, and shows subtle emotion as she slowly comes to life upon taking on the care of her 8-year old niece (although she is obviously out of her depth with the child's pain at the death of her mother). But when another chef, an Italian, is put on at the restaurant, Martha is reluctant to give up her absolute supremacy in the kitchen, and sparks fly. Sergio Castillito is sexy and gorgeous as the new chef (to see him swaying to "Volare" in that joyous Italian way is a sheer delight). With his patience and care both Martha and the little niece begin to experience joy in life again. The film is visually sensual, especially in the preparation of the many dishes, and also funny and unexpected in the unfolding of the story. There are moments when Martha's temper takes hold to hilarious consequences, but it is the music used to support and enhance the scenes that lifts the film into the highly pleasurable class and which makes it a special film not of the usual mould, which constantly surprises and delights.


great film

by FranciscanCook on May 8, 2009

funny, entertaining, and a family movie! The acting is terrific, and the story is very inspiring. I recommend this film to anyone who is looking for wholesome entertainment.

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