Film

Bella Martha

When: Thu., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. 2017

Martha (Martina Gedeck) is a chef so devoted to her craft that she's practically unaware of the outside world. For her, it's all about control: control of herself, her ingredients and her environment. When her sister perishes in an auto accident, Martha becomes the unlikely guardian of her niece, Lina. Their relationship is strained by Lina's stubbornness (a family trait, apparently), which tests Martha's control at home. Matters only become more difficult when her new sous chef Mario, a handsome Italian man who does everything differently, threatens her kitchen — her sanctuary. Can Martha adapt to her new reality, or will she retreat to her deep freezer and never return? Sandra Nettelback's film Bella Martha explores the life of a woman whose world could become larger, and happier, if she would only allow it. The Webster Film Series screens Bella Martha at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $5 to $7.

Paul Friswold

Price: $5-$7

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