This is a film for those who feel for the loners. With a great sense of humour probably appreciated mostly by Scandinavians used to the culture conflict between Sweden and Norway -the ones organised to the point of ridicule, and the others with a comic over-relaxed attitude to life, individualist and distrustful of foreigners. The Swedes sending a group of men testing the domestic habits of single men in Norway in a lonely rural district are described with a most refined irony. Here we have a sour Norwegian farmer, Isak, masterly played by Joachim Calmeyer, reluctantly accepting to be observed after being promised a new horse as payment (which was done, only it was a wooden little horse, a typical Swedish souvenir), and Nilsson, the Swedish observer, (not less fantastic Tomas Noström) honest, efficient, terribly curious and as sadly lonely as his subject. The relationship between the two, growing in the kitchen from mutual distrust to a tender friendhip, is really heart-warming. There are other characters too, the rural chain-smoking doctor, and also Isak's friend, who becomes jealous when he feels that Nilsson is becoming too friendly with Isak. Nilsson's horrible boss, bureaucratic and rigid. Everything in this film is delicate, subtle and beautiful. It is not a commercial film, it was hardly shown all over the world except in festivals, and it was done with the minimum of expense. Norwegian director Bent Hammer has produced also other films dealing with elderly lonely men, equally delightful, like Eggs and O'Horten. In all of them he treats these loners with humour and love. In other words, Kitchen Stories is a work of art that deserves all the stars.