Mostly Martha

Synopsis: In a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein is the undisputed supreme ruler of the kitchen staff and woe to any customer who would dare criticize her cooking. Her life is firmly centered around cooking which takes on a obsessive level with stubborn single mindedness. Even when she is ordered to take therapy, she still constantly talks about her work and the iron clad control she relishes in her task. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her 8 year old daughter, Lina. Martha takes her niece in and while making enquiries for her estranged father, she struggles to care for this stubbornly headstrong child. Meanwhile at work, a new chef named Mario is hired on and Martha feels threatened by this unorthodox intruder. The pressures of both her private and work life combine to create a situation that will fundamentally call her attitudes and life choices into question while these interlopers into her life begin to profoundly change it.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sandra Nettelbeck
Production: Paramount Classics
  14 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

You hungry?

Are you inviting me to dinner?


I could bring you something.

You don't even know me!

You're Samuel Thalberg.

An architect,

divorced, 2 kids.

Friends call you Sam.

Frau Schumann talks too much.

The gossip in the basement.

Don't listen to her,

she thinks I'm nuts.

And you are?

-A chef.

Martha Klein.

-Nice to meet you, Martha.

If you're hungry...

-I've an appointment.

I'm sorry.

Don't let me keep you.

Maybe some other time.

-Yes, maybe.

What'll I cook?

Nothing, we'll order pizza

or eat out.

No, that's out of the question.

What does Lina like?


Except oysters.

Nothing that's alive.

No oysters, okay.

-Hang on.

Lina, I've told you

a hundred times

to take off

your rollerskates outside!

Sorry. You still there?



- I'm talking. What are your plans?

No plans.

-Go to the theatre, the movies.

It's your day off, right?

Call a friend,

have a nice meal,

go dancing afterwards.

-Maybe I will.

But do it,

don't just say you will.

Who is it?

-It's Martha.

I'll see you on Friday.


I'm not compulsive,

I'm precise!

Precision's most important

in a kitchen.

Precision and timing.

Have any idea how complicated it is

to coordinate 47 customers?

Logistics is half the battle.

Can't master logistics?

Forget cooking.

I hope you like mussels.

We agreed you wouldn't

cook for me.

I didn't cook it for you.

I've just tried out something.

You want me to throw it all away

just because you've got principles?

If you'd at least join me,

I'd say that

we're making progress.

That's a good one!

-Calm down!

One with the hair loose,

one tied up.

I just looked at him and said:

"If you're looking for an actress

who strips

"and lets a priest whip her,

"you're wrong!"

-Only in her spare time.

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Sandra Nettelbeck

Sandra Nettelbeck (born 4 April 1966) is a German film director and screenwriter, best known for her film Mostly Martha (2001). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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