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Norwegian/Swedish Film: Kitchen Stories!

  • Nov 3, 2012 · 7:30 PM
  • Downtown Tempe

Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, November 3 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring a finger-food hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie - no chips/cookies/desserts etc. please) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. Dessert will be provided. (Other notes about hor d'oeuvres, ovens & such appear under the group description "Read More About Us" tab on the left side of our home page & photos of guest contributions can be seen under photos.) If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible (preferably a week in advance or sooner) so someone on the waiting list to be notified in time to change their plans. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin promptly at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

Many films try to be quirky and offbeat, but few define the terms, like the Swedish/Norwegian comedy titled Kitchen Stories (2003). In the 1950s, the Swedish government completed a study on kitchen uses of married women and used the information to better design efficient kitchen spaces (this really happened). Now the fiction plot begins: Thus, they then decided to extend their research to kitchen uses of elderly Norwegian bachelors (a pressing need if I ever heard one). They send a crew of researchers to sit in the corner of bachelors' kitchens and observe them with strict instructions that they are not to interact or otherwise affect the data.

Somewhat uptight Folke is assigned to observe the antisocial, backwoods Isak, who only reluctantly commits to participating in the study because he mistakenly believes his compensation will be a genuine horse (rather than a pathetic little wooden horse figurine). The slow tempo is true and essential to the pace of developing friendship, and the scarce dialogue (but constant, dry humor) leaves a lot of room for audience comment, so we will can our unspoken norm of not commenting to your neighbor during a film - and instead encourage it! You who know me are aware that I hold comedy to a pretty high standard. This film is a smart and hilarious spoof on poorly-designed social studies of the 50s and the absurdities of bureaucracies. And it is, simultaneously, a telling commentary on the social nature of humans.

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  • Preston W.

    A very unusual, entertaining, and well made film. I would recomend it to all film fans!!!

    November 5, 2012

  • Lynda

    The pizzas are awesome George and always a favorite!

    October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be working again before heading to Tempe for Movie Night so I will be unable to make anything again so I looks like I will be picking up more Artisan Pizzas at Trader Joes.

    October 30, 2012

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