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Kitchen Stories (2003)
"Salmer fra kjøkkenet" (original title)

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A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Calmeyer ...
Isak Bjørvik
Tomas Norström ...
Folke Nilsson
Bjørn Floberg ...
Grant
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Malmberg
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen
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Dr. Ljungberg
Gard B. Eidsvold ...
Bakkerman (as Gard Eidsvold)
Lennart Jähkel ...
Green
Trond Brænne ...
Ordforer
Bjørn Jenseg ...
Vaktmester
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Vaktmesterassistent
Karin Lunden ...
Svensk selskapsdame
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Päivi Laakso ...
Finsk selskapsdame
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Storyline

In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walks the equivalent number of miles as the distance between Stockholm and Congo, while preparing her family meals. So the Home Research Institute sent out eighteen observers to a rural district of Norway to map out the kitchen routines of single men. The researchers were on twenty-four-hour call, and sat in special strategically placed chairs in each kitchen. Furthermore, under no circumstances were the researchers to be spoken to, or included in the kitchen activities. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 January 2003 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Psalms from the Kitchen  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$48,103 (USA) (20 February 2004)

Gross:

$349,315 (USA) (4 June 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, Malmberg (a Swede) becomes ill after having to drive on the right side of the road in Norway. Today both countries drive on the right. In 1967, Sweden switched to the right because making two versions of cars like Volvos and Saabs for domestic and foreign sales was inefficient. Also, there are many unguarded, unmarked border crossings points (unlike the crossing in the film); people would not realize which country they were in and sometimes ended up driving on the wrong side. See more »


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Flickorna i Småland
Performed by Delta Rhythm Boys
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A Scandinavian Love Story
8 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If William Steig had made a film this would have been it. The tone, the sadness, the warmth, the understanding, the yearning, the apartness, and the awkwardness of human relations are all beautifully and unselfconsciously portrayed here by a fine cast. The Volvo driving lead made me think of Alec Guiness as he carried of this offbeat role so successfully. Shot in a spare but deliberate manner to match the simplicity of the story line, the cinematography underlines the mood of place and people without begging the question. If there is a fault it is the music in three or so instances that played to the handkerchiefs in the balcony. These sunless people know how to play the darkness. Chapeau.


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