Movies: A Little Food for the Soul

Kitchen Stories is a minimalist comic marvel

This much is true: In the 1950s, scientists from Sweden's Home Research Institute mapped the movements of housewives in their kitchens with the aim of redesigning their work space to be more efficient.

This much is untrue: the scientists extended their studies to Norwegian bachelor farmers, who basically used their kitchens to make endless cups of coffee.

This much is wonderful: Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer's Kitchen Stories, in which he imagines an observer named Folke (Tomas Norstrom) perched in a sort of tennis umpire's chair, watching an old man named Isak (Joachim Calmeyer) doing his modest culinary chores. They're...

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