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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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Jörgen Bergmark (writer)
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17 January 2003 (Norway) See more »
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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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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Also Known As:
"Salmer fra kjøkkenet" - Norway (original title)
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Rated PG for mild language
95 min | Argentina:96 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Solitude takes on a new meaning as the observed and observer converge in "Kitchen Stories", 1 March 2004
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

The title may not be alluring. In fact, "Kitchen Stories" could be misleading to some that it'd be more of a women movie. Far from it - though it all may have started with the 'dazzling' multi-tetrahedrons of a chart that the self-satisfied scientist boasts of demonstrating findings on women's activity traffic in a kitchen. The snappy music sets me quite at ease in spite of anticipating reading subtitles - the melodic and light drum beats, chorus behind main vocal, sax/trumpet/trombone sounds - it's easy swinging tunes, indeed. The official site from gives you a feel of the 50's and a sampling of the jingle-like jazzy tune.

"Kitchen Stories" is an absolutely delightful piece. It's about a meticulously organized scientific research in the '50's on studying the kitchen behavior of single Norwegian men by assigned researchers from Sweden, in the name of advancement, of course - to improve kitchen activity efficiency. Sounds awfully dry? How can watching two men watching each other be interesting? Ah, to the genius of director Bent Hamer, who co-wrote and co-produced with Jörgen Bergmark, the film is simple enjoyment and relaxing fun. It's the discerning humor of observing human behavior of all parties involved: neighbor and neighborhood doctor, researcher and target subject, boss man and his boss - it's a film to relish and bemused upon.

Having had graphic arts, any pattern catches my eye. The opening scene - the caravan of the nine trailers each with an interesting form seen at the top of the trailer presented quite an engaging sight. Towards the end, one would realize - ah, it's that indispensable high umpire chair! Truly a well-made film and down to earth charming in all its naturalness - yes, engaging even with all the 'silent,' 'quiet,' 'observing' scenes - within and without the house.

It's also intriguing: what's happening elsewhere/upstairs while Folke Nilsson sat so quietly alone in the dark in that kitchen observation station of Isak's; what's Isak's thinking while he's piping; Grant the neighbor, what's he up to watching without a word in the cold darkness. And in the name of science, we are given insights to the 'body electric' static radio tuning.what am I talking about? Ha, that's another smilingly amusing reason to enjoy "Kitchen Stories." Thanks to the subtitles by Nick Norris, we get steady doses of chuckle and bemusing smiles throughout the film. The two main leads, Joachim Calmeyer as Isak and Tomas Norström as Folke, are fantastically 'wry' in their own self-bemused way, complementing each other's performance.

Not everything's indoors per se, there are impressive snowy landscapes, light of dawn and dead of night scenes by cinematographer Philip Øgaard. There's also a touching side story revolves around a faithful companion of a horse, and an anticipated red horse. It's full of little sprinkles of surprises and details, down to the specific food that Folke likes. Do enjoy this film. Bemused is the word repeatedly reinforced.

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