Kitchen Stories
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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… More

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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
"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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