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Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)

Director:
Bent Hamer
COUNTRY
Norway/Sweden
GENRE
Comedy/Drama
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Kitchen Stories
RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Producer:
Jörgen Bergmark
Bent Hamer
Screenwriter:
Jörgen Bergmark
Bent Hamer


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Isak Bjørvik Joachim Calmeyer
Folke Nilsson Tomas Norström ½
Grant Bjørn Floberg ½
Malmberg Reine Brynolfsson ½
Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen Sverre Anker Ousdal
Dr. Ljungberg Leif Andrée
Bakkerman Gard B. Eidsvold
Green Lennart Jähkel
Ordfører Trond Brænne
Vaktmester Bjørn Jenseg
Vaktmesterassistent Jan Gunnar Røise

 

Review

Norwegian director Bent Hamer continues to make quirky, odd peeks into the domestic lives of rural Norway. This time, he intertwines his distinctive humour with pondering satirically on the behavioristic tradition deployed in psychology for large parts of the previous century. The result is often amusing, and sometimes relevant as Hamer mixes some of the best Norwegian and Swedish talent to co-produce this binational feature. Like many films in the Scandinavian tradition, Salmer fra kjøkkenet is low-key and unpolished. It toys with the Nordic nature of reservation, and turns our two leads, Calmeyer and Norström, into an unlikely but still predictable odd-couple. The film remains light-weight throughout, but it has humour and irony which enables it to amuse, if not captivate. 

Copyright © 4.3.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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