Kitchen Stories
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In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walks the equivalent number of miles as the distance between Stockholm and Congo, while preparing her family meals. So the Home Research Institute sent out eighteen observers to a rural district of Norway to map out the kitchen routines of single men. The researchers were on twenty-four-hour call, and sat in special strategically placed chairs in each kitchen. Furthermore, under no circumstances were the researchers to be spoken to, or included in the kitchen activities.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An ingeniously dry and bittersweet comedy about that 1940s and '50s research."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A thoroughly charming oddity. And, in the end, a moving one, too."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The charm and chemistry of the two leads and subtle, wry moments of humor make for an endearing entertainment."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"What you're left with is a relationship between two men that is untouched by macho posturing or any trace of anxiety -- and a perfect respite from the action flick mentality."
‑ Kevin John Bozelka, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Hamer's pacing is poky, and the 'well, duh' moral ... hits the audience well before it is revealed to the characters."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A prime piece of comic anthropology."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Kitchen Stories is so subtle that many viewers will not be aware that it's screamingly funny."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Not the sort of film you'd want a steady diet of, but as a change of pace from the ordinary, it's well worth a look."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An enjoyable study of ridiculous regimentation and a sure balm to anyone who has overdosed on the efficient designs at Ikea."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It rewards patience with persistent chuckles, and fills its humble plate."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"What starts as a satire of the methodical, modernity-seeking society in Sweden ends as a heartwarming dramatic comedy in Norway."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The droll humour, penned by Hamer with collaborator Jorgen Bergmark, works best at a non-verbal level, when the well-cast Isak and Folke are silently sizing each other up."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"One of those rare winning exceptions to the axiom that movies should move, this one shows what advantage can be earned when men of good will sit still together."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"A rich character piece with more than a few chuckle-worthy moments."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Boy, just when you think all the original stories have been told, something like this comes along."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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