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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

German Film Series: Bella Martha (Mostly Martha)

Tue, October 4, 2011 • 6:00 PM • BUR 216


Bella Martha is a 2001 German film directed by Sandra Nettelbeck.

Remake: No Reservations (Scott Hicks, 2007)

Mostly Martha is a rich addition to the recent banquet of movies about food. Martha (Martina Gedeck), the domineering chef at a fancy restaurant, has her rigid routine broken when her sister dies in a car wreck, leaving behind her 9-year-old daughter Lina (Maxime Foerste). Martha takes the girl in, but has no gift for maternal expression. Meanwhile, her control over her kitchen is threatened when her boss hires a buoyant Italian named Mario (Sergio Castellitto) to assist, and Martha finds herself flailing in an effort to reestablish control of her life.  

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by: Germanic Studies

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