Directed by: Sandra Nettelbeck
Original title: Bella Martha
I’ve found it difficult to fit in any films over the past few weeks so my blog writing has fallen slightly by the wayside. Thankfully a couple of quiet weekends have given me time to catch up on the films piling up next to the TV!
After Lina (Maxime Foerste) comes to live with her, tensions soon mount. Accustomed to diners falling over themselves to praise her food, Martha is left stumped when Lina refuses to eat. Help comes in the unlikeliest form – Mario, the Italian sous-chef who has recently joined the restaurant, and who Martha suspects of trying to usurp her in the kitchen. Resistant to his charms at first, she soon begins to rethink her feelings whilst also trying to keep control of her life.
This film made me smile rather than laugh out loud, and the ending is perhaps sewn up a little too neatly. But one thing it does do well is to observe human interactions, recognising that unlike in Hollywood, most people don’t articulate their feelings at every opportunity. And the cooking scenes will leave your mouth watering! All in all a very charming way to spend a couple of hours.