Mostly Martha

Director:   Sandra Nettelbeck
Year:   2002
Language:   German
Time:   106 minutes

Nettelbeck’s film fits into the growing "love and food" genre, alongside films such as "Chocolat" and "Like Water for Chocolate". In this tragicomic tale, an uptight German chef (Martha) finds her world turned upside down when she becomes the caretaker of her niece, orphaned after her mother unexpectedly dies. The second shock to Martha's carefully ordered world arrives in the form of a boisterous Italian chef who is hired in her absence. The joy of the film comes from watching Martha grapple with these challenges and, slowly but surely, transform in a positive, life-affirming way. This film won the grand prize at the 2002 International Women's Film Festival in Créteil.


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About the director Sandra Nettelbeck and her other films

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