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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.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writers:

Fatih Akin (screenplay), Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Bousdoukos ... Zinos Kazantsakis
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Illias Kazantsakis
Pheline Roggan ... Nadine Krüger
Anna Bederke Anna Bederke ... Lucia Faust
Birol Ünel ... Shayn Weiss
Dorka Gryllus ... Anna Mondstein
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Thomas Neumann
Lucas Gregorowicz Lucas Gregorowicz ... Lutz
Demir Gökgöl Demir Gökgöl ... Sokrates
Cem Akin Cem Akin ... Milli
Marc Hosemann ... Ziege
Catrin Striebeck Catrin Striebeck ... Frau Schuster vom Finanzamt
Ugur Yücel Ugur Yücel ... Knochenbrecher
Udo Kier ... Herr Jung
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Nadines Großmutter
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

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

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Sokrates: Give me a glass of wine you stranger bastard.
Shayn Weiss: I love you too, Sokrates.
Sokrates: Ya, ya, ya.
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Romantics (2010) See more »

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Brown Bag
Written by Boogaloo Jones (as Ivan 'Boogaloo' Joe Jones)
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an intelligent comedy
14 January 2010 | by anonakiSee all my reviews

It very rare these times to see a comedy that is not slapstick -funny (trying to extort in some ways the laughter from the audiences) but truly funny in a way that is sweet and charming. I will not talk about the director's previous work because this is a completely new genre for him, and in any case this is not an overall overview of his films. This one stands alone as an example for some people in Hollywood. It is not funny because it exploits some racial stereotypes (no mousaka here) but because it creates a subtle caricature of situations that many of us have experienced (i.e. the one with the tax collectors). The script is very smart and full of reversals of fate that keep the spectators on their toes, the main characters are interesting and the acting wonderful... And because no one mentioned the soundtrack...It is truly unique..Too bad that many of the songs are in Greek and the deeper meaning of the lyrics and their connection to the plot is lost in translation. A must see film for everyone that wants to see a feel-good movie with an actual plot..


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Country:

Germany | France | Italy

Language:

German | Greek | Spanish | Turkish | English

Release Date:

25 December 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Soul Kitchen See more »

Filming Locations:

Am Hasenberge, Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,916, 22 August 2010

Gross USA:

$276,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,164,139
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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