Soul Kitchen

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Greek restaurateur Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) can't seem to get a break. The girl he loves moves to China, so he decides to leave his beloved diner in the hands of his brother, Ilias (Moritz Bleibtreu), who quickly gets in over his head. When the heartbroken Zinos returns, his neighborhood "soul kitchen" has been taken over by the mob and is in debt. He decides to re-open with a hotshot chef, but will his loyal clientele -- used to bad food and good company -- ever return?

Cast & Crew

Adam Bousdoukos
Zinos Kazantsakis
Moritz Bleibtreu
Illias Kazantsakis
Birol Ünel
Shayn Weiss
Dorka Gryllus
Anna Mondstein
Wotan Wilke Möhring
Thomas Neumann
Demir Gokgol
Sokrates
Monica Bleibtreu
Nadines Großmutter
Fatih Akin
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Adam Bousdoukos
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Rainer Klausmann
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Andrew Bird
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Critic Reviews for Soul Kitchen

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (16)

  • Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong.

    January 3, 2011 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

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  • Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible.

    January 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Tasty concoction about a young man's frenetic struggle to keep his offbeat restaurant going.

    September 16, 2010
  • The slapsticky tone of Akin's latest work is more anarchic than heavenly, but the picture has its screwball charms.

    September 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Soul Kitchen, which features a soundtrack laden with American soul and R&B standards, was a hit in Europe, and I suspect many American moviegoers will respond to it as well.

    September 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's silly, but it feels pretty good.

    September 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Soul Kitchen

  • May 22, 2012
    This movie won't make you re-think your life because of its deep philosophical message about the universe and how things work, it really has none of that whatsoever. But it definitely is a very entertaining movie with a fun and likable and wacky cast of characters. There's literally not much to say about this movie because, as mentioned, the sole purpose this movie has is to entertain you for 100 minutes and it does succeed quite nicely at that. Movies like this need to exist really, so I had no problem with the movie not being particularly introspective. Anyway yea, again not a lot to say but I had fun watching so I'd recommend it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    A real sleeper, great movie. For Zinos the restauranteur, in his run-down, bland Soul Kitchen in Hamburg's industrial district, things just keep going wrong: his girlfriend, a journalist, leaves for China; his brother gets out of jail and brings his old friends and old ways back in Zinos's life; a chance meeting with an old school chum who's become a real estate developer turns into constant pressure to sell. It's hard to say more without ruining the intrigue, but for most of the movie, Zinos is a punching bag. The film is rarely heavy, and never mean-spirited, though: it just generates honest laughs, in an "Oh come on, what next!?" sort of way. Occasionally, the humour borders on slapstick, but all the jokes come from the plot, and something new is always happening to keep driving the story forward. Add in a great soundtrack (funk and soul, naturally), and you've got the recipe for pure cinematic joy. Highly, highly recommend, it's an excellent film.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    I really didn't want to see it but recorded it off TV because it was free.I didn't expect a good movie at all but Soul Kitchen was a million times better then I thought it would ever be.I LOVED the story & the comedy as well, The music was OK & it was perfect, everything worked out in the end
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2010
    Akin delivers a fresh, light-hearted comedy with his cast of regulars. I would have liked to see more of Birol Unel's intensity, but this was nicely balanced with the introduction of Anna Bederke. The soundtrack well paces the film.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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