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      Kitchen Stories

      PG Released Jan 15, 2003 1h 35m Comedy Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 74 Reviews 86% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In the 1950s, a team of Swedish researchers plans to revolutionize the home kitchen. After observing the modern housewife, they set their sights on typical bachelors. Scientist Folke (Tomas Norström) is sent to a rural Norwegian town, where he tracks the kitchen behavior of odd single man Isak (Joachim Calmeyer). Folke is under strict orders to avoid personal interactions with his subject at all costs, but despite warnings from his superiors, he strikes up a strange camaraderie with Isak. Read More Read Less
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      By turns touching and funny, this Norwegian import offers quietly absorbing commentary on modern life and friendship.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel An ingeniously dry and bittersweet comedy about that 1940s and '50s research. Rated: 4/5 Nov 29, 2004 Full Review Peter Rainer New York Magazine/Vulture A prime piece of comic anthropology. Aug 7, 2004 Full Review Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com The charm and chemistry of the two leads and subtle, wry moments of humor make for an endearing entertainment. Rated: 3/4 Dec 28, 2008 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Not the sort of film you'd want a steady diet of, but as a change of pace from the ordinary, it's well worth a look. Rated: 4/5 Feb 16, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Best thing since sliced bread. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Our Daily Free Stream: Bent Hamer - Kitchen Stories (german dubbed). Es ist unsere Woche der Norwave, der neuen Welle aus Norwegen. Und einer der ersten Vertreter war Bent Hamer, dessen surreales Gemälde Kitchen Stories heute gestreamt werden kann. Kein Dialog kann darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass Kitchen Stories ein Stummfilm ist. Einfach ein Bild und vielleicht ein Komödie? Falls es eine ist, bewirkt der Blick zurück in ein vergangenes Jahrzehnt, dass wir lachen müssen: In den 50ern versuchte die schwedische Regierung die Bewegungsabläufe von Hausfrauen während der Arbeit zu erforschen. Mit den Forschungsergebnissen wollte man die Technik der Einbauküche optimieren. Bent Hamer aus Norwegen hat diese Idee auf sein Land übertragen. Die schwedischen Feldforscher dringen vor in das entlegene Dorf Landstad, wo ein paar Junggesellen ihre Höfe bewirtschaften. Folke, der Forscher, platziert sich also bei Isak in die Küche und wartet ab. Dabei versucht er, möglichst unsichtbar zu wirken. Er wartet, doch es geschieht nichts... Das ist die Idee von Kitchen Stories: Zwei Männer in einem Raum, füreinander unsichtbar. Ein bisschen Handlung spendiert Bent Hamer, damits ein Kinofilm wird. Es gelingt ihm auch, ein Ende zu finden - und doch: Im Grunde ist Kitchen Stories ein Standbild, dass von uns weitergesponnen werden kann. mehr auf cinegeek.de http://cinegeek.de/news Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie mixes a gentle critique of time-motion studies with Nordic culture in all its stillness and restraint. Worth watching every few years. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a slow burn with lots of little mood swings that take some understanding and patience to grasp under the surface. I enjoyed it the first time I watched it, and even more the next few times. Just nice people trying to work and live there lives in the cold impersonal world of 1950s Scandinavian. SKOL! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member The premise sounds like it could be hilarious, but the comedy in this movie is very low key, perhaps a little too so. It is still a charming little slight character piece. A little slow, though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Norwegian. A more quiet story at moments. Curious norwegians trying to design a more , improved kitchen. Heartwarming. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the 1950s, a team of Swedish researchers plans to revolutionize the home kitchen. After observing the modern housewife, they set their sights on typical bachelors. Scientist Folke (Tomas Norström) is sent to a rural Norwegian town, where he tracks the kitchen behavior of odd single man Isak (Joachim Calmeyer). Folke is under strict orders to avoid personal interactions with his subject at all costs, but despite warnings from his superiors, he strikes up a strange camaraderie with Isak.
      Director
      Bent Hamer
      Producer
      Jörgen Bergmark, Arve Figenschow
      Screenwriter
      Bent Hamer
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      BOB Film Sweden AB, Bulbul Films
      Rating
      PG (Mild Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Norwegian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 15, 2003, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 27, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $349.3K
      Runtime
      1h 35m
      Sound Mix
      Surround