Kitchen Stories


Kitchen Stories

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 74


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User Ratings: 5,032
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Director Bent Hamer's comedy drama Salmer Fra Kjøkkenet (Kitchen Stories) is based on the real-life social experiments conducted in Sweden during the 1950s. In the years following WWII, a research institute sets out to modernize the home kitchen by observing a handful of rural Norwegian bachelors. In the small town of Landstad, middle-aged Isak (Joachim Calmeyer) is one such research subject who regrets ever agreeing to participate in the study. Nevertheless, he is observed by Folke (Tomas Norström), and the two develop a strange friendship until the observer becomes sick. This causes a problem with Folke's boss (Reine Brynolfsson) and Isak's friend Grant (Bjørn Floberg).

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Critic Reviews for Kitchen Stories

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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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