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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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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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Throughout the film, Isak speaks Norwegian and Folke speaks Swedish; this is true even when they are having conversations with each other. See more »


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Flickorna i Småland
Performed by Delta Rhythm Boys
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Close to perfect little movie
18 March 2004 | by (Guelph, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie pokes fun, in a very gentle way, at a whole lot of things. At the Swedes and their "Ikea-type" market research, at the Norwegians and their laconic ways, and at the strange ways of humans altogether. This movie manages to be moving without being sentimental or manipulative. What I mean here is that the element of manipulation that is quite obvious in many of the more sophisticated recent "feel good" movies I generally enjoy (you know the ones I mean - Cinema Paradiso, Billy Elliot etc.) is not in evidence here. We are getting at something pretty basic and human with "Kitchen Stories". The movie tracks the unlikely relationship that develops between the Swedish market researcher, sent to observe (and strictly forbidden to interact with the subject of his study) the kitchen ways of his crusty Norwegian bachelor "host". Sounds rather minimal but this is a movie that is as good as a movie can get. Perfect pacing, perfect acting, perfect camera work, perfect story. While the movie can be enjoyed on the tv, as video, I think that it is best seen on a larger screen in a movie theater because the visual impact is strong. You come out of this movie a happier person than went in and that is worth something these days !


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