Sandra Nettelbeck spins this gentle drama about how a child's presence can change the lives of the most shy and career-minded of adults. Martha (Martina Gedeck) is the chef of a popular Hamburg eatery who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from breaking out of her routine to meet new people. When her sister suddenly dies in a car accident, Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece. Martha's life soon completely changes -- not only must she adjust herself to new parental role, but she must help Lina deal with her grief over the loss of her mother. Martha gets unexpected help from Mario, Martha's hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina's spirits afloat. Just as Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, however, the possibility of Lina returning to the custody of her father arises. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
This German film was the original and the American "No Reservations" is a remake. The German movie is vastly superior with much better acting, and it's less soppy and predictable. Martina Gedeck is a superb actress - she shines in all her roles.
This movie was the inspiration for the recent one "No Reservations" which I did not see. I saw some of the previews, and it did not inspire me to want to spoil the experience I had watching this original version of the story. German subtitles, and fantastic acting!
I love movies that showcase food as one of the main characters! In Mostly Martha the main character has obsessive compulsive quirks about her food and cooking and doesn't mind confronting any customers who question her cooking abilities. But that is only part of the story. It unfolds to show her as a surrogate mother to her neice after her mother dies in a car accident. It is a sweet and touching movie about relationships.