Kitchen Stories (2003)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.


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26 March 2004 | someguy889
7
| As dry as your mouth after a marathon, but wonderful at the same time
There's no avoiding it: "Kitchen Stories" is hopelessly boring. It is slow, uneventful, tacit, and wry. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. It also happens to be hilariously understated and brilliantly dry. It's motive is clear and straightforward, there are no surprises or twists, only the observation of two men: one who must observe, the other who must be observed. Of course, humans are not meant to be that way, and everything falls out of the way it is supposed to. The scientific study of single male's kitchen activities is carried out in high chairs strategically placed in the corner of the kitchen. But the observer, Folke, and the observed, Isak, form a friendship and a bond, quietly, and ever so slowly. There is a small twist at the end, but when you think about it, with all of the very small funny moments leading up to it (getting radio stations through a gold tooth, Isak eating dinner in his room instead of his kitchen), you realize at the end that everything is the way it should be. This movie is a small masterpiece, slow and dry, yet hilarious and perfect. This is a movie with no villains and no heroes, just regular people, eating in their kitchen. At the end, even though you may have looked at your watch a few times, you leave satisfied and with a silly little grin on your face.

My grade: 7.5/10

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Genres

Comedy | Drama

Details

Release Date:

17 January 2003

Language

Norwegian, Swedish


Country of Origin

Norway, Sweden

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,103 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$351,235

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,823,472

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