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Kitchen Stories [DVD] [2004] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A quaint story about the friendship between two aging men, KITCHEN STORIES is packaged as a comedy with a very strange premise. It is based on research conducted in Sweden in the 1950s when women were observed in the kitchen for a study to determine the best housework techniques. In the film, a fictional plotline concerns a team of Swedish scientists--all men--hired to observe bachelors living alone in Norway. Their methods are absurd. The observers live in funny little trailers outside their subjects' houses. They sit in high, intimidating chairs placed in the corner of their subjects' kitchens where they take notes on a clipboard. Finally, there is a strict rule that the observer and the subject must not speak to each other or make contact of any kind. This last rule is impossible to follow, and in the case of observer Folke (Tomas Norstrom) and subject Isak (Joachim Calmeyer) it is ignored. The two aging men become fast friends, passing wintry afternoons in the rural countryside sipping coffee, smoking pipes, and telling each other fantastic stories. Writer-director Bent Hamer has created a sweet and pleasing comedy with KITCHEN STORIES, using excellent photography, interesting colors, and great performances to make a success of a uncomplicated plot.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1007910

  • Credits
    Joachim Calmeyer, Tomas Norstrom, Bjorn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson
  • Critic Reviews
    "KITCHEN STORIES is a quirky, thoughtful comedy/drama..."
    Box Office

    "The icy whimsy of KITCHEN STORIES is certainly well sustained..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Mr. Hamer's neatness is a rare commodity in comedy, and it makes his gift for staging entrances stand out even more sharply."
    New York Times

    "To see the subversively funny KITCHEN STORIES is to laugh in a way you may have forgotten you could."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[The film's] understatement can still seem refreshing to audiences tired of being pummeled by brazen Hollywood pictures."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "Bent Hamer's sly, Norwegian-language comedy grows on you slowly, surreptitiously....This one makes you smile inwardly, but often."
    Wall Street Journal

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