In the film, a fictional plotline concerns a team of Swedish scientists – all men – hired to observe bachelors living alone in Norway. Their methods are absurd. The observers live in funny little trailers outside their subjects' houses. They sit in high, intimidating chairs placed in the corner of their subjects' kitchens where they take notes on a clipboard. Finally, there is a strict rule that the observer and the subject must not speak to each other or make contact of any kind. This last rule is impossible to follow, and in the case of observer Folke (Tomas Norstrom) and subject Isak (Joachim Calmeyer) it is ignored. The two aging men become fast friends, passing wintry afternoons in the rural countryside sipping coffee, smoking pipes, and telling each other fantastic stories.
 

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A quaint and subtle story about the friendship between two aging men.

Kitchen Stories is based on actual Swedish studies that analyzed women\'s kitchen routines in the 1950s, in order to improve housework techniques. But this time, a team of Swedish researchers converge on a small village in rural Norway, to observe the kitchen habits of bachelors. The rules are strict, there must be no communication between the scientists and volunteers. But when the grumpy Isaac (Joachim Calmeyer), becomes the subject for Folke (Tomas Nordstrom), interaction is inevitable. Bent Hamer has written and directed an original, intimate tale,perfectly interpreted by actors, Calmeyer and Nordstrom - who are cheeky and loveable in their roles. Kitchen Stories is a unique view of rural Norwegian life in the 50s that proves that even in the most absurd situations, remarkable connections can be found.