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Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)

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A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Calmeyer ...
Isak Bjørvik
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Folke Nilsson
Bjørn Floberg ...
Grant
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Malmberg
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Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen
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Dr. Ljungberg
Gard B. Eidsvold ...
Bakkerman (as Gard Eidsvold)
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Green
Trond Brænne ...
Ordforer
Bjørn Jenseg ...
Vaktmester
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Vaktmesterassistent
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Svensk selskapsdame
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Finsk selskapsdame
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In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walks the equivalent number of miles as the distance between Stockholm and Congo, while preparing her family meals. So the Home Research Institute sent out eighteen observers to a rural district of Norway to map out the kitchen routines of single men. The researchers were on twenty-four-hour call, and sat in special strategically placed chairs in each kitchen. Furthermore, under no circumstances were the researchers to be spoken to, or included in the kitchen activities. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 January 2003 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Psalms from the Kitchen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,103, 22 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$349,315, 6 June 2004
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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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Music and Lyrics Composed by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz
Sung by Olavi Virta
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A Scandinavian Love Story
8 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

If William Steig had made a film this would have been it. The tone, the sadness, the warmth, the understanding, the yearning, the apartness, and the awkwardness of human relations are all beautifully and unselfconsciously portrayed here by a fine cast. The Volvo driving lead made me think of Alec Guiness as he carried of this offbeat role so successfully. Shot in a spare but deliberate manner to match the simplicity of the story line, the cinematography underlines the mood of place and people without begging the question. If there is a fault it is the music in three or so instances that played to the handkerchiefs in the balcony. These sunless people know how to play the darkness. Chapeau.


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