The story begins with a group of Swedish researchers (are they working for IKEA?), on a special mission: They are sent to the cold and frozen wilderness of Norway to observe the daily habits of middle-aged Norwegian bachelors. They are trying to re-design kitchens for such characters, and their observations will facilitate more user-friendly remodelings.
It’s the 1950s, and a Swedish efficiency expert under strict orders not to interact with his subject is sent to improve a Norwegian farmer’s culinary efforts. But the sly old farmer much prefers to amuse himself by impeding the timid researcher’s work! Soon, in the struggle between neutral observation and the need for human interaction, the kitchen becomes a battleground!
Also, in this Norwegian/Swedish movie, one of the Swedish researchers strikes up an unlikely friendship with a cranky Norwegian farmer. It is hard to imagine that happening in real life, but if you are willing to take that tiny leap of faith, this movie is great fun
It is a “quirky, thoughtful and bittersweet” (Boxoffice) little comedy, quiet in its form, that has captured audiences’ hearts around the world. Both “warm” (Newsday) and witty, Kitchen Stories is “a deadpan, thoroughly delightful comedy that cooks up tasty laughs” (New York Post)!
- Actors: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson, Sverre Anker Ousdal
- Directors: Bent Hamer
- Writers: Bent Hamer, Jörgen Bergmark
- Producers: Bent Hamer, Arve Figenschow, Jörgen Bergmark
- Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Norwegian, Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
- DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
- Run Time: 95 minutes