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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 overview, first billed only:
Adam Bousdoukos ...
Zinos Kazantsakis
Illias Kazantsakis
Nadine Krüger
Lucia Faust
Shayn Weiss
Dorka Gryllus ...
Anna Mondstein
Thomas Neumann
Lucas Gregorowicz ...
Demir Gökgöl ...
Cem Akin ...
Catrin Striebeck ...
Frau Schuster vom Finanzamt
Ugur Yücel ...
Herr Jung
Monica Bleibtreu ...
Nadines Großmutter


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 his 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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restaurant | chef | cook | 2000s | burglar | See All (35) »


Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans


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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Aska ruhunu kat  »

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Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,916, 22 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$274,385, 7 November 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Moritz Bleibtreu was cast in Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds (2009) as a part of the bar scene. He canceled because of time schedule problems with the production of 'Fatih Akin's' Soul Kitchen (2009) he already had signed for. See more »


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If you smell, what Faith is cookin ...
27 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

You could be excused, if by hearing the title, you'd thought this is yet another "urban" comedy, starring Martin Lawrence or Ice Cube or Queen Latifah. It ain't so. While the title might be misleading (in quite a few ways), the characters in this aren't. You have finely structured people (with a cliché here and there), who seem to have their everyday problems and find a way to live with them.

Our main character has quite a few struggles to go through this movie, some of them come "back" at him (no pun intended). And while quite a few things are more than cliché (the brother and what he does towards the end, is borderline believable, even with the setup through the movie), it has quite a few nice touches to it. All in all, a warm comedy, that goes more for the heart than the brain. A nice change of pace by Faith Akin and a movie, whose flaws shouldn't hinder you enjoying it.

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