The first screening in our Scandinavian Series:
Salmer fra kjøkkenet (Kitchen Stories), 2003
Directed by Bent Hamer
Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles, 95 min.
In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walks 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 twenty-four-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. (imdb)
A warmly observed humanist comedy about misguided social conditioning and the redeeming value of friendship and individuality, Bent Hamer’s “Kitchen Stories” has the same appealing light touch as the Norwegian director’s 1995 debut “Eggs.” This film also has a similar odd couple dynamic and fascination with difficult yet enduring male relationships. (David Rooney, variety.com)
Screening: Friday April 8th, 6 P.M., Zrinyi 14, room 412.