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Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

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Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

Summary: 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.
Runtime: 109 min
Rating: Rated PG thematic material and mild language.
Production: Rai Cinemafiction
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Countries: Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland
Languages: German, Italian
Home Release Date: Feb 18, 2003
Director Credit
Sandra Nettelbeck Director
Writer Credit
Sandra Nettelbeck Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Martina Gedeck Martha Klein
Maxime Foerste Lina Klein (Martha's Niece)
Sergio Castellitto Mario
Cast Credit
Angela Schmidt Frau Steinberg
Antonio Wannek Carlos
August Zirner Martha's Therapist
Diego Ribon Giuseppe Lorenzo
Gerhard Garbers Herr Steinberg
Idil Üner Bernadette
Katja Studt Lea
Oliver Broumis Jan
Sibylle Canonica Frida
Ulrich Thomsen Sam Thalberg
Victoria Trauttmansdorff Companion
W.D. Sprenger Noisy Customer
Producer Credit
Carlo Degli Esposti Co-Producer
Christine Berg Producer: Kinowelt
Christoph Friedel Producer
Dschingis Bowakow Executive Producer
Heinz Stussak Co-Producer
Karl Baumgartner Producer
Marcel Hoehn Co-Producer
Michael Seeber Co-Producer
Rainer Kölmel Co-Producer
Ulrich Limmer Co-Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: