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Kitchen Stories (2003)

Salmer fra kjøkkenet (original title)
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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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Bent Hamer
8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Calmeyer 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 Gard B. Eidsvold ... Bakkerman (as Gard Eidsvold)
Lennart Jähkel ... Green
Trond Brænne Trond Brænne ... Ordforer
Bjørn Jenseg Bjørn Jenseg ... Vaktmester
Jan Gunnar Røise ... Vaktmesterassistent
Karin Lunden ... Svensk selskapsdame
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Päivi Laakso Päivi Laakso ... Finsk selskapsdame
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Norway | Sweden

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Psalms from the Kitchen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,103, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$351,235

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,823,472
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Performed by Jan Johansson
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The observer is observed!
24 February 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This film was a surprise since we went without any preconceptions, having avoided reading about it beforehand. It is a droll attempt at film making by Bent Hamer, the director, who collaborated on the scenario.

The film presents a story that on its surface seems to be one thing, but deep inside there is an ode to friendship between two different, but stoic Scandinavian men, Isak and Folke, whose lives become entwined as they discover how they are similar, despite of all appearances. The story is set in the bleak and snowy Norwegian winter.

In the end, Folke is a better man by having known Isak, the man who he doesn't understand at the beginning of the story, but who unknown to him, was always looking over him, without the other one knowing it.

The three principals are very well portrayed. This film will resonate with people that find themselves alone at the last stages of their lives, and how they are changed by opening up to perfect strangers who are going through the same thing themselves.


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