Kitchen Stories (2004)
Critic Consensus: By turns touching and funny, this Norwegian import offers quietly absorbing commentary on modern life and friendship.
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as Isak Bjorvik
as Folke Nilsson
as Dr. Benjaminsen
as Dr. Ljungberg
Critic Reviews for Kitchen Stories
An ingeniously dry and bittersweet comedy about that 1940s and '50s research.
A prime piece of comic anthropology.
What starts as a satire of the methodical, modernity-seeking society in Sweden ends as a heartwarming dramatic comedy in Norway.
A thoroughly charming oddity. And, in the end, a moving one, too.
Kitchen Stories is so subtle that many viewers will not be aware that it's screamingly funny.
Audience Reviews for Kitchen Stories
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.
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.
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!
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