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Director  Bent Hamer
Initial DVD release  December 14, 2004
7.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Music director  Hans Mathisen
Country  Norway Sweden
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Release date  17 January 2003 (2003-01-17)
Writer  Jorgen Bergmark, Bent Hamer
Cast  Joachim Calmeyer (Isak Bjørvik), Tomas Norström (Folke Nilsson), Bjørn Floberg (Grant), Reine Brynolfsson (Malmberg), Sverre Anker Ousdal (Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen), Jan Gunnar Røise (Vaktmesterassistent)
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Kitchen Stories (Norwegian: Salmer fra Kjøkkenet) is a 2003 Norwegian film by Bent Hamer.


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Swedish efficiency researchers come to Norway to study Norwegian men, in an effort to help optimize their use of their kitchen. Folke Nilsson (Tomas Norström) is assigned to study the habits of Isak Bjørvik (Joachim Calmeyer). By the rules of the research institute, Folke has to sit on an umpire's chair in Isak's kitchen and observe him from there, but never talk to him. Isak volunteered for the program in promise of a horse, but only receives a dala horse. Isak stops using his kitchen and observes Folke through a hole in the ceiling instead. Isak's friend Grant visits him often. However, the two lonely men, observer and observed, slowly overcome the initial Norwegian-Swede and subject-observer distrust and become friends. Grant is a survivor from concentration camps and feels Folke is stealing his friend. The friendship between Folke and Isak costs Folke his job during an inspection. Folke is forced to leave and he drives up-to the Swedish border, but then returns, only to find Isak has died of a broken heart. Folke, now alone, occupies Isak's home and takes up Isak's friendship with Grant.


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Bent Hamer was amused after perusing post-war research books on the efficiency of the Swedish housewife, and pondered on the idea of research being done on men. This led to him making the film Kitchen Stories.


  • Joachim Calmeyer as Isak Bjørvik
  • Tomas Norström as Folke Nilsson
  • Bjørn Floberg as Grant
  • Reine Brynolfsson as Malmberg
  • Sverre Anker Ousdal as Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen
  • Leif Andrée as Dr. Ljungberg
  • Gard B. Eidsvold ground crew
  • Lennart Jähkel as Green
  • Trond Brænne as spokesman
  • Bjørn Jenseg as caretaker
  • Jan Gunnar Røise as assistant caretaker
  • Karin Lunden as female corporate assistant
  • Awards

  • Best Film, Amanda Award, Norway 2003
  • Best Director, Copenhagen International Film Festival 2003
  • Best Director, São Paulo International Film Festival 2003
  • FIPRESCI Prize, Tromsø International Film Festival 2003
  • References

    Kitchen Stories Wikipedia
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