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Year: 2001
USA: Paramount Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Martina Gedeck, Sergio Castellitto, Maxime Foerste, August Zirner, Ulrich Thomsen, Sibylle Canonica, Katja Studt, Idil uner, Oliver Broumis, Antonio Wannek, Diego Ribon
Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Countries: Austria / Germany / Italy / Switzerland
Language: German (English subtitles)
USA: 105 mins
UK: 106 mins
USA Rated: PG thematic material and mild language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 23 August 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 16 August 2002 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 16 May 2003


In a small, charming city, a head chef for a chic restaurant, Martha (Martina Gedeck) relies on her culinary skills as her primary means of communication. She lives for her work and presides with obsessive care over her spotless, precise kitchen. When a fateful accident leaves Lina (Maxine Foerste), her eight-year-old headstrong niece, in her care, Martha's orderly life begins to come undone. When the owner is consequently forced to bring in help, Martha and the new charming and carefree Italian chef (Sergio Castellitto) are instantly at odds. Yet as time goes by, with her whole world turned upside down and her personal space more crowded than she could ever imagine, Martha finds love and the beginnings of a new recipe for life.

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