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Mostly Martha

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2002 1 Jan
Mostly Martha

from Film Forum, 09/05/02

If My Big Fat Greek Wedding sounds good to you because you like Greek wedding feasts, check out Mostly Martha, a story about an accomplished chef (Martina Gedeck) at a respected restaurant in Munich. Martha is quite the taskmaster in the kitchen, demanding sophistication from her staff and her customers alike.

Anne Navarro (Catholic News) says, "Mostly Martha is not the most original recipe, yet it has a bittersweet, philosophical edge that is appealing. [Director Sandra] Nettelbeck shows real affection for her characters, despite—or maybe because of—their foibles, and warmly invites the audience to do the same. Her tale urges audiences not to settle for fast food when a gourmet meal is there for the taking."

Tom Snyder (Movieguide) writes, "Mostly Martha is a wonderful movie, which, except for a scene with Martha in her underwear, some light foul language and light sexual innuendo, would be a nearly perfect cinematic feast for almost the entire family. The only things missing in this excellent German production are a God-centered and Christ-centered worldview. The ending, however, contains a heartwarming celebration of marriage, family, and life that lightens the heavy loads we all have to carry in this fallen world of ours. That is no small accomplishment!"