Kitchen Stories

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Salmer fra kjøkkenet
Kitchen Stories
Kitchen stories poster.jpg
Directed by Bent Hamer
Produced by Jörgen Bergmark
Bent Hamer
Written by Jörgen Bergmark
Bent Hamer
Music by Hans Mathisen
Release dates
  • 17 January 2003 (2003-01-17)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Norway

Kitchen Stories (Norwegian: Salmer fra Kjøkkenet) is a 2003 Norwegian film by Bent Hamer.


Swedish efficiency researchers come to Norway for a study of Norwegian men, to 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 stops using his kitchen and observes Folke through a hole in the ceiling instead. However, the two lonely men slowly overcome the initial post-war Norwegian-Swede distrust and become friends.


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.



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