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Kitchen Stories (2003) More at IMDbPro »Salmer fra kjøkkenet (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Jörgen Bergmark (writer)
Bent Hamer (writer)
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Release Date:
17 January 2003 (Norway) See more »
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Plot:
A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The credibility of documentaries and scientists is on the table here. See more (41 total) »

Cast

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Joachim Calmeyer ... Isak Bjørvik
Tomas Norström ... Folke Nilsson
Bjørn Floberg ... Grant
Reine Brynolfsson ... Malmberg
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen

Leif Andrée ... Dr. Ljungberg
Gard B. Eidsvold ... Bakkerman (as Gard Eidsvold)
Lennart Jähkel ... Green
Trond Brænne ... Ordforer
Bjørn Jenseg ... Vaktmester

Jan Gunnar Røise ... Vaktmesterassistent
Karin Lunden ... Svensk selskapsdame
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Päivi Laakso ... Finsk selskapsdame

Directed by
Bent Hamer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jörgen Bergmark  writer
Bent Hamer  writer

Produced by
Jörgen Bergmark .... producer
Arve Figenschow .... line producer
Bent Hamer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Mathisen 
 
Cinematography by
Philip Øgaard 
 
Film Editing by
Pål Gengenbach 
 
Casting by
Mette Holme Nielsen 
Betten Vaager 
 
Production Design by
Billy Johansson 
 
Costume Design by
Karen Fabritius Gram 
 
Makeup Department
Eros Codinas .... hair stylist
Eva Rygh .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nina B. Andersson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Binne Thoresen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Per Arild Amundsen .... carpenter
Gudrun Johanna Benonysdottir .... assistant decorator (as Gudrun Benonysdottir)
Paul André Fuller .... assistant decorator
Lars Erik Gurholt .... carpenter
Rolf Kise .... carpenter
Anders Lunde .... property master
Erik Magnussen .... construction manager
Olivier Marcouiller .... assistant decorator
Geir Opheim .... carpenter
Caroline Størmer .... props
Jens Petter Svensrud .... construction manager
Morten Swang .... assistant property master
Karen Søndrol .... assistant art director
Pål Tohje .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Per Carleson .... sound
Petter Fladeby .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Forsén .... sound
Lars Jameson .... sound
Tomas Naug .... boom operator
Willie Peterson-Berger .... sound
Morten Solum .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Pål Morten Hverven .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Aavatsmark .... still photographer
Charles Curran .... first assistant camera: second camera
Knut Haraldsen .... gaffer
Ingeborg Klyve .... first assistant camera
Hilde Malme .... camera operator: second camera
Jens J. Patterson .... assistant camera
Ståle Rue .... electrician
Matthew R. Soria .... assistant grip
Johan Wallin .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingvill Fjeldstad .... seamstress
Kari Steihaug .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Janne Karin Hansen .... assistant editor
Bente Helle .... negative cutter
Torulf Henriksen .... on-line editor
Kirsti Marie Hougen .... post-production coordinator
Andrzej Kiwala .... color grader
Jan Erik Nielsen .... color timer
 
Music Department
Lars Petter Kristiansen .... music recordist
Erik Valderhaug .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Bjørn Bjølseth .... production accountant
Teréz Hollo .... production secretary
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Hanne Liseth .... publicist
Kristian Mejdell Nissen .... location manager
Eirik Ohna .... location manager
Audun Skarbøvik .... location scout
Pål Erik Solberg .... production runner
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Salmer fra kjøkkenet" - Norway (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
95 min | Argentina:96 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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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 »
Soundtrack:
Visa Från UtanmyraSee more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The credibility of documentaries and scientists is on the table here., 5 May 2004
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

Having just seen Kaurismaki's dryly-witty `Man Without a Past,' I couldn't believe that director Bent Hamer's `Kitchen Stories' is actually drier and funnier. The Norse/Swedish co-production depicts 1950's Swedes studying bachelors in their kitchens to improve their lives. Swedish scientist Folke, in a high chair like some infantile god, observes Norwegian Isak under the restriction that he must not interact with Isak.

The humor comes from the stereotypical Swede as uptight and organized and the Norwegian as slow but solid. The silliness of the experiment itself is obvious and the restriction ludicrous because of course they will interact, in fact bond, given the loneliness of Norway's winter and the need for humans to be sociable. That the story turns on male bonding is a bonus, especially because neither country is considered a bastion of sociability. When Isak lets Folke listen to the radio on his teeth fillings, I figure the guys are in for some warm nights.

In another way, this film could be as good as it gets for analyzing the effect observers have on their subjects, be it laboratory or media. A question probably unanswerable even today is how much anyone changes under observation. In the case of the central characters in `Kitchen Stories,' the change is considerable, but more so just because of another human being's presence in an otherwise lonely world. The credibility of documentaries and scientists is on the table here.

The minimal dialogue and occasional joke, spiced with subtle racial stereotyping, makes me think of not only Kaurismaki but also Beckett, whose waiting characters sometime talk nonsense, but most of the time profundity under the guise of simplicity. `Kitchen' is a slow but rewarding film that strips life of its pretensions to study more closely the tissue that binds humanity with communication.

Diplomat Dag Hammarskjold in his Markings caught the minimalism of this film: `Friendship needs no words-it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.'

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