Kitchen Stories

Director:   Bent Hamer  (Norway)
Year:   2003
Language:   Norwegian and Swedish (with English subtitles)
Time:   95 minutes

This film is a celebration of life and friendship. In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walked 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 24-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. However, a few researchers broke the rules, with amusing consequences.

Awards:In 2003, the film won an award for Best Film at the Amanda Awards in Norway, an award for Best Director at the Coepenhagen Intl. Film Festival, and an award for Best Screenplay at the Flanders Intl. Film Festival.

Rated PG (mild language).

Links

About the director, Bent Hamer

Rotten Tomatoes site (where you will find links to many reviews from US newspapers)

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