A culinary comedy set in Hamburg, from director Fatih Akin (the excellent The Edge of Heaven). Winner of the Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival 2009.... More
Young restaurant owner Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his Soul Kitchen customers are boycotting the new gourmet chef, and his blimmin' back is playing up. Things start looking up when hipsters embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn't mend Zino's broken heart so he flies to China for Nadine, leaving the restaurant in the hands of his ex-con brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu).
Both decisions turn out disastrous: Illias gambles away the restaurant and Nadine is with another lover. The brothers have got to work together to get Soul Kitchen back...Hide
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) is the new cool kid in German filmmaking but this is a departure from the trendy norm from him. Gone are the doom-laden romances and cultural alienation that brought him to the attention of festival audiences. In their place is an upbeat comedy about running a restaurant and, while it’s not a laugh riot, it has more than enough positives to recommend a viewing.
The locations and general production design reveal Hamburg in all its grimey, boho-chic glory – desolate yet stylish. Akin adding some new camera tricks to his normally naturalistic shooting style helps too. The soundtrack is fantastic, a great mix of hard rock and funk used in interesting ways. All this sets a great stage for a cast who deliver. While some of the characters – the cocky gangster, the pretentious chef – veer towards caricature, the actors milk them for all the humanity and lo-fi humour possible.
What really stops the film from kicking up a gear is the story itself. Akin’s previous work featured complex narratives but these have been jettisoned in favour of a more basic script to allow the comedy some room to breathe. He probably went too far in the direction of simplicity, with a few twists being easy to spot and an ending sequence that hinges too heavily on circumstance and falls flat because of it. Only a minor work from an extremely promising director.
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BY Philip-Moore superstar
This a great comedy about a guy Zinos who has a restaurant and small base of loyal customers, until he hires a new chef. He totally revamps the place and puts the Soul back in the kitchen. After that is a bunch of stuff with his girlfriend Nadine, his brother coming out of prison, and the waitress his brother has fallen for. This is interesting and fun comedy, that will leave you wanting more