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.

  1. Bent Hamer

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jörgen Bergmark


Top Billed Cast

  1. Joachim Calmeyer

    Joachim Calmeyer

    Isak Bjørvik

  2. Tomas Norström

    Tomas Norström

    Folke Nilsson

  3. Bjørn Floberg

    Bjørn Floberg


  4. Reine Brynolfsson

    Reine Brynolfsson


  5. Sverre Anker Ousdal

    Sverre Anker Ousdal

    Dr. Jack Zac. Benjaminsen

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Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Stories



Original Title Salmer fra kjøkkenet

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 15, 2003


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language Norwegian

Runtime 1h 35m

Budget -

Revenue -



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