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Soul Kitchen (2009)

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In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Bousdoukos ...
Zinos Kazantsakis
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Illias Kazantsakis
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Nadine Krüger
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Lucia Faust
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Shayn Weiss
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Anna Mondstein
Wotan Wilke Möhring ...
Thomas Neumann
Lucas Gregorowicz ...
Lutz
Demir Gökgöl ...
Sokrates
Cem Akin ...
Milli
Marc Hosemann ...
Ziege
Catrin Striebeck ...
Frau Schuster vom Finanzamt
Ugur Yücel ...
Knochenbrecher
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Monica Bleibtreu ...
Nadines Großmutter
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In Hamburg, Zinos has a restaurant serving poor-man's fare; he gets by, but his girlfriend has taken a job in Shanghai, he's hurt has back and can't cook, his feckless brother can be on daily parole from jail only if Zinos employs him (though his brother doesn't want to work), a school acquaintance wants to buy the restaurant property, and the tax authority and health inspector are on his case. Zinos hires a temperamental chef and loses all his customers, signs a power of attorney giving his brother full authority at the restaurant, and buys a ticket to Shanghai. Is this a recipe for disaster? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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"Leben ist, was passiert, waehrend du dabei bist, andere Plaene zu machen" (Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.)

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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,916 (USA) (20 August 2010)

Gross:

$274,385 (USA) (5 November 2010)
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Sweet, shaggy comedy from the wildly talented Akin
30 December 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This frothy, light, slightly shapeless but endearing comedy is further proof of the protean nature of Akin's amazing talents.

While nowhere near as good a film as his great, dark comedy-drama 'Head On' or his complex. philosophical 'The Edge of Heaven', I appreciate that Akin seems more interested in exploring different genres and stories than creating a signature style.

This is the kind of comedy that makes you smile more than laugh, and is stronger on character and acting than on comic set pieces, but even the jokes that don't work aren't annoying.

A shaggy, likable young Greek man living in Germany tries to start his own restaurant, juggling his ex-con brother, his out-of town girlfriend, his slightly insane chef, and a rival who wants to take over his space. It's not an 'important' film, but it captures something wonderful about being young and trying to find your place in the world.


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