My favourite movie is Mostly Martha (Bella Martha as it's original foreign title is)--it is a foreign film. What I love about foreign films is that they are very un-Hollywood in their storytelling. This particular movie is so simply done with understatement and excellent acting not to mention a great soundtrack. I love the comedy and the romance in this film and how it all unfolds. It is very realistic in a "sometimes life just happens that way" kind of way and it doesn't have this huge philosophical conclusion. Love this film.
Now Hollywood is coming out with it's version called "No Reservations" with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart. sigh. I watched the trailer and was immediately saddened--the scenes of CZJ playing Martha showed a tough, control freak trying to figure out why her life is not the way she planned. This is a total misinterpretation of Martha from the German film. Yes, she was a control freak but it wasn't portrayed like this tough "i'm in control woman", instead she wore it like a coat of vulnerability not even aware that it was a problem holding her back. And Aaron Eckhart is no Sergio Castellitto--he just does not hold the same comedic appeal.
Bella Martha should be watched just for the food that is made on that movie. So delicious.
Anyway, that's my rant.
Grrrr Hollywood. Must everything be so happy and pretty all the time? Don't you know that sometimes a story is just a story with no ending that starts in the middle--why must you mess with poetic filmmaking?