Kitchen Stories 2004

Kitchen Stories

Critics Consensus

By turns touching and funny, this Norwegian import offers quietly absorbing commentary on modern life and friendship.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Joachim Calmeyer
Isak Bjørvik
Tomas Norström
Folke Nilsson
Bjørn Floberg
Grant
Sverre Anker Ousdal
Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen
Leif Andrée
Dr. Ljungberg
Lennart Jähkel
Green
Jörgen Bergmark
Producer
Arve Figenschow
Producer
Hans Mathisen
Music
Philip Øgaard
Cinematographer
Pål Gengenbach
Editing
Billy Johansson
Production Designer
Karen Fabritius Gram
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Kitchen Stories

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for Kitchen Stories

  • Jan 12, 2013
    The anal retentive Swedes have engineered a scientific study to understand how kitchen space is used, and one place they are looking into this is a small Norwegian town. However, the researchers must NOT interact with their subjects, it ruins objectivity, and that's the set up for this understated, blase look at the desire, the need, for companionship. What's particularly funny is how the subject and researcher slowly begin to unconciously mimic one another.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2010
    Very entertaining and quirky film about a Swede who sits in a high chair and examines the kitchen behaviours of a single Norweigan man..before the survey is ruined by their eventual interaction. Very funny.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2010
    One of the more interesting and charming films I've seen. A lesson of friendship, communication, and the need for human interaction. The movie centers around a research study focusing on the kitchen routines and habits of single men in early 1950's Norway. The researchers are supposed to observe from a high chair in the corner, watch the men move about their kitchen and then mark it on a chart. They are not supposed to interact or speak to the research subjects. We all know...that will not last. A very touching film that reminds us how two different people can still become friends!
    George K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2009
    A quirky comedy from Norway about the budding friendship between two men thrown together through a research project regarding the kitchen habits of single men. Slow but with loads of subtle humour. Charming and rather touching.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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