Soul Kitchen

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Celebrated filmmaker Fatih Akin, known for celebrated dramas like HEAD-ON and THE EDGE OF HEAVEN, serves up a delightfully fresh comedy with his latest award-winning film. SOUL KITCHEN is a delicious, free spirited story of food, friends, and rock & roll, winner of the Special Jury Prize and the Young Cinema Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and a smash with audiences at the Toronto and Tribeca film festivals. SOUL KITCHEN film centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restauranteur, Zinos (co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos) whose cafe is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend Nadine up and moves to Shanghai, a love-sick Zinos decides to fly after her, leaving his restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias. Both decisions turn out disastrous: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent, and Zinos finds Nadine with a new lover. If the brothers can stop arguing and get it together, the Soul Kitchen might still have one last chance at staying in business. The mayhem that follows is a hilariously entertaining story of self-realization, set to an irresistibly soulful soundtrack. -- (C)IFC

Cast

Adam Bousdoukos
as Zinos Kazantsakis
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Illias Kazantsakis
Birol Ünel
as Shayn Weiss
Anna Bederke
as Lucia Faust
Pheline Roggan
as Nadine Krüger
Wotan Wilke Möhring
as Thomas Neumann
Dorka Gryllus
as Anna Mondstein
Udo Kier
as Herr Jung
Monica Bleibtreu
as Nadine's Grandmother
Jan Fedder
as Inspector Meyer
Peter Lohmeyer
as Restaurant Owner
Cem Akin
as Milli
Catrin Striebeck
as Frau Schuster
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Critic Reviews for Soul Kitchen

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (16)

  • Like the aphrodisiac-spiked dessert that Shayn prepares one night, the movie's effects may not linger long, but they are feverishly fun and guilt-free while they last.

    June 28, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Baked with a lot of lousy music, weak acting, clichéd characters and tropes, 'Soul Kitchen' fails to display any of Akin's talents found in 'Head-On' or 'The Edge of Heaven'

    January 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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

    Variety
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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…
  • Akin has infused his film with so much goodwill and humanity that you swallow every overcooked twist and turn.

    November 10, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • "Soul Kitchen" is like a restaurant where the vibe is friendly, the music is cool, the people are all interesting, and it's so much fun to hang out at that you easily overlook the fact that the food isn't actually all that good.

    October 29, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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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