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Kitchen Stories (2003)

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Plot Description

Original title: Salmer fra kjøkkenet

Release Date
• USA: Feb 20, 2004
• UK: 2 Jan 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 14, 2004

Official Website:
Kitchen Stories Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG for mild language.

Running Time
1 hour, 32 minutes

Country Norway, Sweden

Studio IFC Films

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Other Titles
• Kitchen Stories

• Psalms from the Kitchen

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Experimental


A quaint story about the friendship between two aging men, KITCHEN STORIES is packaged as a comedy with a very strange premise. It is based on research conducted in Sweden in the 1950s when women were observed in the kitchen for a study to determine the best housework techniques. In the film, a fictional plotline concerns a team of Swedish scientists--all men--hired to observe bachelors living alone in Norway. Their methods are absurd. The observers live in funny little trailers outside their subjects' houses. They sit in high, intimidating chairs placed in the corner of their subjects' kitchens where they take notes on a clipboard. Finally, there is a strict rule that the observer and the subject must not speak to each other or make contact of any kind. This last rule is impossible to follow, and in the case of observer Folke (Tomas Norstrom) and subject Isak (Joachim Calmeyer) it is ignored. The two aging men become fast friends, passing wintry afternoons in the rural countryside sipping coffee, smoking pipes, and telling each other fantastic stories. Writer-director Bent Hamer has created a sweet and pleasing comedy with KITCHEN STORIES, using excellent photography, interesting colors, and great performances to make a success of a

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 Directed by
Bent Hamer
 Written by
Bent Hamer
Joachim Calmeyer
Jonny Vang
Reine Brynolfsson
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Sverre Anker Ousdal
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