Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans...
Soul Kitchen is about family and friends, about love, trust and loyalty and about the struggle to protect a place called home in an increasingly unpredictable world. Fatih Akin has gathered a best-of-cast from his previous films - Adam Bousdoukos (Short Sharp Shock, Head-On), Moritz Bleibtreu (Solino, In July), Birol Unel (Head-On, In July).
WINNER GOLDEN GNOME AUDIENCE AWARD, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2010
WINNER SPECIAL JURY PRIZE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009
WINNER C.I.C.A.E. PRIZE HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009
Young restaurant owner Zinos is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his Soul Kitchen customers are boycutting the new gourmet chef, and he's having back trouble! Things start looking up when the hip crowd embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn't mend Zinos's broken heart. He decides to fly to China for Nadine, leaving the restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias. Both decisions turn out disasterous: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent and Nadine has found a new lover! But brothers Zinos and Illias might still have one last chance to get Soul Kitchen back if they can stop arguing and work together as a team.
Country of Origin: Germany Language: German w/English subtitles Duration: 99 minutes Rating: MA Director: Fatih Akin Featuring: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Unel Australian release: 6 May 2010
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****1/2 – David Stratton, At the Movies
**** – Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies
Soul Kitchen is cheerful, wild, colourful ... thoroughly enjoyable – David Stratton, At the Movies
Feelgood comedy – The Age
Sprightly and entertaining... the very endearing anchoring performance of Bousdoukos...infuses the tale with real credibility and warmth ***1/2 – Leigh Paatsch, The Herald Sun
Soul Kitchen is tremendously entertaining, and it deservedly won the Venice jury prize. – David Stratton, The Australian
If any film this year were to come close to the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’-feeling of exuberance and warm fuzzies upon leaving the theatre it would be “Soul Kitchen”. – Daily Film Dose
Pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong – Derek Elly, Variety
The array of quirky characters ...provide the real attraction of this beguiling German flick - Gavin Bond, The Sunday Times (WA)
A special festival pleasure – Real Time Arts
Part foodie extravaganza, part sit-com, part feel good dramedy (and even a bit of toe tapping due to its Motown soundtrack), Soul Kitchen hits the spot in a five-star kind of way. – Twitch