Mostly Martha (Bella Martha)
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Martha is the chef at a small gourmet restaurant in Hamburg who creates mini-masterpieces in every dish. She devotes every waking hour to her work and her shyness keeps her from breaking out of her monotonous routine or meeting new people. When her sister dies in an accident, however, she is compelled to adopt Lina, her 8-year-old niece. Martha's life changes in an instant: not only is she faced with adjusting to her new parental role, but she must also find inspired ways to deal with Lina's grief over the loss of her mother. Surprisingly, help comes from Mario, Martha's new… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Predictable but still charming German romantic comedy, centering on the erotic appeal of food"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Make sure you have a good meal lined up after the film, because the cooking scenes will drive your palate crazy with desire."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"This mostly food-as-metaphor-for-life story, never got past the kitchen and never got past thinking how clever its metaphors were."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Nettelbeck serves the tastiest film about food and sex since Big Night."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Flavorful and romantic, you could call this How Martha Got Her Groove Back -- assuming, that is, she ever had one to begin with."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"German film about finding family."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"Other than the abrupt, rushed ending, the rest of the movie is meticulously crafted."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A mostly satisfying, if not unexpected concoction."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Nettelbeck has given the viewer a genuine catharsis and a cinematic meal that isn't perfect -- but is all the better for it."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Handsome and sophisticated approach to the workplace romantic comedy."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Great food scenes, good story, real characters."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Another foreign import founded on the belief that a good meal can solve anything..."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"While it does nothing to re-invent the ever-popular foodie metaphor, it does its work with appealing, unpolished grace and honest feeling."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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