A researcher (Tomas Norstrom) observes a bachelor (Joachim Calmeyer) in his home as part of a study to modernize the average kitchen.
" Mr. Hamer never goes for belly laughs, preferring instead the smiles of quiet recognition from viewers who appreciate a change of pace from all the slobbering in recent movies. "
" The movie's gentle humor and offbeat whimsy prove that humanity trumps bureaucratic foolishness, in Norway or anywhere else. "
" Kitchen Stories is so subtle that many viewers will not be aware that it's screamingly funny. "
" A prime piece of comic anthropology. "
" Might evaporate if it were any drier. But it is a comedy, and a pretty charming one at that. "
" An ingeniously dry and bittersweet comedy about that 1940s and '50s research. "
" If stoicism is your idea of killer Friday-night entertainment, you won't find many numbingly boring experiences to top this one. "
" Don't expect a profound dish. Do prepare for a light meal with enough oddball humor to maintain involvement. "
" A thoroughly charming oddity. And, in the end, a moving one, too. "
" The two central actors, Joachim Calmeyer (Isak) and Tomas Norstrom (Folke), are instances of how to be interesting without being in the least charismatic. "
" Give it time, and its wry, absurdist comedy begins to crackle with essential, universal truths. "
" Though there's a melancholy mood to much of the film, it leaves an audience happy -- as if we, like Folke and Isak, have made a new friend. "
" Rather than simply beating the dead horse of utopian socialist engineering plans, Kitchen Stories serves to champion human irrepressibility and unpredictability. "
" What starts as a satire of the methodical, modernity-seeking society in Sweden ends as a heartwarming dramatic comedy in Norway. "
" The droll humour, penned by Hamer with collaborator Jorgen Bergmark, works best at a non-verbal level, when the well-cast Isak and Folke are silently sizing each other up. "
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