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Awesome: 38.46%
Worth A Look46.15%
Average: 15.38%
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Total Crap: 0%

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Mostly Martha
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Yummy in more ways than one."
4 stars

I have often been accused of my supposed antipathy towards food-related movies (just the thought of Like Water for Chocolate or Woman on Top burns my taste buds), but Sandra Nettelbeck’s German-Italian dish served as above-average by my standards.

The melancholy recipe is as follows: Martha, a depressive loner and middle-aged chef must take in her elementary-aged niece after the girl’s mother is fatally killed. The combination clashes due in part that the little girl is facing a major loss, and her difficulty to be looked after (“I wish that I had a recipe for you that I could follow”) merely adds fuel to grill for Martha, who is subsequently facing adequacy issues from the recent hire of an Italian cook. (Martina Gedeck, a cross between Franka Potente, Agnès Jaoui and Rachel Weisz, attains great believability from her economy as Martha.) Mostly Martha avoids the clichés of the genre, specifically because Nettelbeck, serving as writer and director, doesn’t tell her story from a wishy-washy perspective. Rather, and pleasantly surprising, the film maintains staid and pensive. By neglecting to roseate the subject matter, Nettelbeck gains, or exudes a strong maturity. Yet often, maturity can present the occasional stretches of boredom, of which this isn’t completely able to escape at all moments.

Mit Maxime Foerste and Sergio Castellitto.


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User Comments

7/12/07 William Goss Effortlessly enjoyable dramedy about food and family. Good enough for me to dread remake. 4 stars
8/15/04 carla loved it! beautiful characters n great story. fantastic soundtrack 5 stars
6/22/04 Clifford Touching and warm, helped me to understand Suzette better, she cooks, too. 5 stars
6/05/04 Allen Very good. Between 'worth a look' and "awsome" WHy do they make use choose 'awesome?' 5 stars
12/14/03 Louise S Fabulous movie - love the song 's'wonerfool' 5 stars
12/06/03 DB Shite review -Sister dies before Mario gets called in etc etc. Great movie 5 stars
11/28/03 Phil M. Aficionado Thom misses the boat w/ his review; it is heartworming and classy. 4 stars
9/11/03 Nicholas Saparoff Entertaining, with a great soundtrack 4 stars
9/02/03 George Great Great movie 5 stars
8/13/03 Stephen Kim This is a superbly acted, directed movie with an awesome soundtrack. A great foodie film. 5 stars
7/07/03 Lillian Magical and paints the warmest picture of Germany I have ever seen. 5 stars
6/01/03 Christine This movie swept us away and made our evening magical 5 stars
5/06/03 Jonathan Good Movie, funny, great music, very well acted. Worth watching again. 4 stars
4/29/03 Janet Stromberg I loved this film 5 stars
3/05/03 Karolien Such a poor review! There was no brother-in-law, I rest my case! 5 stars
2/27/03 janet Loved all of it! Wish the soundtrack was available 5 stars
2/16/03 judy chaput loved it! 5 stars
1/22/03 Reini Urban Okay, but only for older folks > 35. Best foreign films are "Oasis" and "Open Hearts" 4 stars
10/18/02 Reini Urban Wunderbare Charakterstudio um eine schwierige junge Mutter. Ihr bester Film bislang 5 stars
10/12/02 john totally warms the soul 5 stars
10/01/02 Kathi Schmitt Were you paying attention when you saw this movie? The sister did die, but not the brother 4 stars
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  16-Aug-2002 (PG)
  DVD: 18-Feb-2003



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