Patty’s Catchup (2012) MIFF Film Review


Germany 86 mins

Patty (Luise Riche)is desperate to chuck in school and take an apprenticeship as a chef. Her mother, Friede (Anneke Kim Sarnau) has been running the French food caravan her father set up years previously, but it is not going well. Between a small customer base and falling apart equipment, Friede cannot cope and ends up having a breakdown. Patty has agreed to look after her two younger sisters, but when she pursues an apprenticeship, the girls are left to take care of themselves.

This is a delightful film for a younger audience. My favourite character was Lilo, the youngest sister, portrayed beautifully by Tabea Willemsen. I think the English translation of the title is supposed to be a gag on Patty’s Ketchup, but it only really works phonetically, but I like it. It makes sense, given that the film’s climax focuses on the family recipe of a spicy sauce. Fun, with some tugs on the emotional heartstrings. Definitely worth a watch.

Patty’s Catchup screens at the Forum Theatre on Thursday, July 25 at 1:30pm and at Greater Union on Saturday, July 28 at 11am.

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