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Mostly Martha Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Nettelbeck has a particularly lovely sense of behind-the-scenes restaurant choreography. And her warm, patient understanding of little girls' psyches guides young Maxime Foerste, as the turbulent niece, to a terrific performance.

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  • 88

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    As much as any other motion picture that employs the preparation and consumption of food as a key element, Mostly Martha provides the perfect blend of cinematic nourishment and gratification.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Thanks to Echer, Nettelbeck and this delicious movie, I was able to hear "Country" and the other Jarrett tunes in scene after scene - heightening moods, lyricizing action and making Hamburg seem like a wintry love song. Predictable or not, that's often as good as it gets.

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OK for kids 14+

German film about finding family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film deals honestly with a young child who loses her only parent. It is handled carefully, but the emotional impact is considerable. There is one very angry fight between Martha and her niece, but nothing too far outside the realm of normal family fights. There is a smattering of strong language.

  • Families can talk about how people become a family. What made the difference for Martha and Lina? Why was Martha more involved with cooking than with people? And how did Mario start to change that for her? There is also ample material for talking about food, how it can be more than just nourishment, and how obsessed people can become with it.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: One scene of Martha and her neice slapping each other.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Strong language (in German) with subtitles.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.