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

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Kitchen Stories -- Director Bent Hamer's comedy drama is based on the real-life social experiments conducted in Sweden during the 1950s. This IFC Film is a retro gaze into the hearts and minds of both researchers and their subjects.
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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:
Pure GENIUS!! 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 »
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50 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Pure GENIUS!!, 26 April 2004
Author: smakawhat from Washington, DC

How do you make a film… no SELL the idea of a film, whose premise is the following? Take 1950 era Swedish scientists, whose goal is to find men who live alone in the wilderness and study their ‘kitchen habits' at home for the purpose of building a more efficient living space for people. I am sure if any writer walking into Hollywood with that script would be instantly flogged before he even set foot in a studio executive boardroom. A story like this obviously seems to set itself up as a comedy, since the story is so obviously absurd, but what viewers come out with after witnessing this film is the great appreciation and the bonds the characters create. This is a truly touching masterful picture, from a premise that has the most bizarre source that I don't know how anyone could have even come up with. That premise is quite something, since it seems that the idea of studying male behavior in a kitchen in the backwoods of Norway is either going to be a complete disaster or something extremely memorable. Luckily it is the latter of the two. Isak Bjornsson is a scientist out to study a ‘subject' named Folke who lives by himself and has literally no friends. Folke unwittingly is part of this experiment which involves Isak sitting in a giant chair overlooking his living space, as if he was the judge in a tennis match. Also Isak is supposed to follow certain rules set out by his employer. He is not to disturb Folke's living space, nor talk to him. If this isn't a unique bit of Scandinavian humor I don't know what is. If this film were to fall flat or even be just a short funny comedy, it would only fixate on the stupidity of this premise. Somehow a guy who sits in a log cabin miles away from civilization, who can put up with a stuffy repressed scientist whose main purpose is to write excruciating details of a man who literally spends his day doing nothing, is actually quite a funny situation for comedy. Kitchen Stories does not fail in that sense, but the ingeniousness is that Kitchen Stories is smarter than that.

The film suddenly takes the viewer to ask what the real purpose of these 2 men in the movie are and the focus provides and glaring and obvious point. They are essentially both alone in their lives for different reasons and they in a way need each other. But not of course in the sense of a dying love, but in a great sense of male camaraderie and caring that is essential to the idea of a great friendship

Gradually, the bond between scientist and subject breaks down, and both men start evolving a strange set of rules and create a friendship that comes off as the most genuine and heartwarming I've seen on screen since this year started.

As this relationship and some good subplots develop, the comedy takes another turn as Isak tries to hide from his boss ( a man who only ‘dreams' of what the future possibilities of kitchens may look like), that he has engaged his subject in what is obviously, ‘caring' humanity. The nerve!

I loved this film from the moment it started till its tender conclusion. It had only a short run in my area, and even after what must have been several months since I've seen it, I still think about it and a giant smile comes across my face.

It is touching, heartwarming, very funny, and just flat out great. It is the best film I have seen so far this year. If you ever get a chance to see it, go immediately. It shows the perfect beauty of the bond between us all as people, in the most kooky, unique bizarre way. And that in itself… is pure genius

Rating 10 out of 10

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