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Sandra Nettelbeck's Mostly Martha comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The German soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Paramount release boasts excellent sound and picture quality making it worthwhile for anyone with an interest in international cinema.
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Sandra Nettelbeck's Mostly Martha comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The German soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Paramount release boasts excellent sound and picture quality making it worthwhile for anyone with an interest in international cinema.
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Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital German 5.1 surround; English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Mostly Martha is mostly a formulaic movie characterized by an anonymous style and a paucity of orignal ideas. The German chef, Martha, is an uptight control freak; the Italian chef, Mario, is a charming and comparatively sensuous extrovert; the eight-year-old niece, Lina, forces Martha to get in touch with her maternal feelings; and the movie, unfortunately, seems to imply that Martha's workaholic tendencies are inherently unfeminine. On the positive side, Martina Gedeck does a fine job with her role and makes her character seem like more than just a cardboard cutout, even though the script sometimes treats her that way. Credit must be given to Gedeck and writer-director Sandra Nettelback for knowing when Martha should and should not be demonstrative, and thus knowing when it's best for Gedeck to underplay her role (e.g., an affecting scene in which Martha reacts to an important phone call at work). Unfortunately, this awareness doesn't extend to Mario, perhaps because there is little to his personality beyond his demonstrativeness; also, unfortunately, the film doesn't have enough positive traits to compensate for the conventional story. But if originality isn't your top priority and you want to see a little bit of romance, a lot of food, and some tearjerking drama, then you might find this movie satisfying.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography. And her warm, patient understanding of little girls' psyches guides young Maxime Foerste, as the turbulent niece, to a terrific performance.
Time Magazine - Richard Corliss
Nettelbeck is a sharp observer of life's surprises, and Gedeck has an appraising, intelligent beauty. Her Martha is like the film: tart on the outside, sweet on the inside, with a delectable aftertaste.
Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
This is better than good, it's wonderful: if facial expressions can be compared to colors, Gedeck works with an unusually broad palette, constantly surprising us, and she helps her costars shine.
Slate - Dave Edelstein
The German reserve and Italian extroversion are in just the right balance. The movie exists on a tantalizing border -- and I don't mean Switzerland.

Nettelbeck is a sharp observer of life's surprises, and Gedeck has an appraising, intelligent beauty. Her Martha is like the film: tart on the outside, sweet on the inside, with a delectable aftertaste.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 097363408048
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martina Gedeck Martha Klein
Sergio Castellitto Mario
Maxime Foerste Lina
August Zirner Therapist
Ulrich Thomsen Sam Thalberg
Sibylle Canonica Frida
Katja Studt Lea
Idil Uner Bernadette
Oliver Broumis Jan
Antonio Wannek Carlos
Diego Ribon Giuseppe Lorenzo
Technical Credits
Sandra Nettelbeck Director, Screenwriter
Karl Baumgartener Producer
Christoph Friedel Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Therapy [:21]
2. Tragedy [:10]
3. Grief [:32]
4. Moving In [4:27]
5. Adjustments [3:48]
6. "Okay, I'll Stay" [4:34]
7. Babysitters [3:17]
8. Parenting [4:39]
9. Dinner Party [3:50]
10. Truancy [3:58]
11. Runaway [2:52]
12. Blind Tasting [4:56]
13. To Italy [3:41]
14. A New Life [4:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio
         German 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles
         English
         None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie! Where's the cookbook?

    Can't rave enough about the movie. Great acting; wonderful music (Kieth Jarriett for those of you old enough to appreciate the Kohn Concert) and the food. Watching the realistic depiction preperation of top notch dishes makes me salivate for the cookbook. It all comes together in outstanding fashion and is a pleasure to watch over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very deep and perfect recipe about human soul

    all is perfect: the acting, the light, the storyboard, and... the music. it is exceptional.Many thanks to Paolo Conte and his charming voice. It is mere than gingerbread when he sings, a real heartthrob! Very serious themes are looked at (death of a mother,being an orphan, falling in love with a workmate alltogether). A great work and so light, just like a Mozart's opera!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Perfect Recipe

    I loved every aspect of this film. All the ingredients(the acting, direction and music)were integrated at all the right intervals and quantities to create a truly delectable experience. I would love to own the soundtrack of this movie. If you have any information concerning the wherabouts of a CD, please contact me via the email provided.

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    Posted December 27, 2009

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