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When Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos, Head-On) hires a gourmet chef for his struggling Hamburg restaurant, it only serves to drive away his low-life regulars. Meanwhile, Zinos' girlfriend, Nadine, has moved to Shanghai to take a reporting job. A new hip clientele helps bring the restaurant back, but Zinos' heart still needs fixing, so he flies to China, leaving Soul Kitchen in the hands of his criminal brother, Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu, Run Lola Run). Bad move: Illias gambles the eatery away and Nadine has a new lover. But the brothers have a chance to repair the damage if they can stop arguing and work as a team. Directed by the acclaimed Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven), the hilarious and heartfelt Soul Kitchen, set to an infectious soul and funk soundtrack, won two prizes at the Venice Film Festival.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045ZAQSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on October 22, 2010
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of the German-born (of Turkish heritage) filmmaker, Fatih Akin, you will - like me - run not walk to see his latest creation, 'Soul Kitchen'. Akin's masterpiece is, of course, the unsurpassed Head-On [Gegen die Wand] - one of the best five movies you'll ever see. His Edge of Heaven comes very close to repeating that magic. Fans of Akin know that in those two works he delves deeply into Germany's rich and widening cultural and demographic ties with Turkey. In fact, 'Edge of Heaven' starts in Turkey and takes us back and forth across the two countries.

Here, Akin turns his storyline to another ethnic community deeply embedded into the fabric of German society: the Greeks. Adam Bousdoukos (Akin's co-writer here - he had a bit role in 'Head-On') and Moritz Bleibtreu (Baader Meinhof Complex (2pc) (Ws Sub)) play brothers Zinos and Illias Kazantsakis respectively. Zinos is the entrepreneur in the process of re-inventing his erstwhile greasy spoon restaurant. Illias is his ne'er-do-well brother who needs Zinos' support to make his terms of prison parole stick.

Unlike his two previous films, Akin displays a flair for comedy here, though - Akin being Akin - even the laughs have an edge and manic verve that gives you a product a fair pace from light, breezy Rom-Com or Judd Apatow territory. That fact is underscored when the inimitable Birol Ünel pops on to the screen as tempestuous chef, Shayn Weiss.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on December 23, 2010
Format: DVD
I must admit I'm not familiar with this director's previous works and didn't know what to expect here. I saw the trailer and it looked good so I thought I'd give it a go. Glad I did.

Zinos owns a joint. They serve basic, burger level food, as well as alcohol, to the middle of the middle of society. It's all nondescript. His gal is leaving him for a big promotion in Shanghai. His brother, a daytime parolee from prison wants a job in name only so he can continue his nefarious ways. The guy who rents the back of the industrial building they're in, to finish his boat, never pays his rent. His friend who's in a rock band needs the restaurant as a practice space. The local health department wants to shut him down. The tax collectors are after him for back taxes and a real estate developer wants to buy the building. Oh yeah. He's also thrown his back out.

Things aren't going well for Zinos. He's being pulled in a lot of directions and a lot of bad things are happening to him. But he is what he is, and because of this the stars finally line up and a lot of good things begin to happen. Many disparate circumstances converge and things take a turn for the better. Way better.

This is a good-hearted movie. You love the characters. They're a goofy lot with good souls. And when things turn good you couldn't be happier for them. What really works here is the unexpectedness of it all. Were this made in Hollywood you could write it yourself and set your watch to it. But little that happens here is on any map you've traveled. So many great and wonderful things happen here it becomes a simple pleasure to watch. But, even as the really good things happen here, the really bad things continue to happen, so the viewer is never really certain how all this will turn out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on July 4, 2011
Format: DVD
SOUL KITCHEN (2009, German with subtitles, 100 minutes) is part "Gordon Ramsey Kitchen Nightmares", part "Saturday Night Live" and all hilarious. This is heartwrenching satire at its finest, Euro-style I grant you, but it's a lot better than much of what we've been producing in the States the last few years.

This cautionary tale deals with a young Greek-German restaurant owner who serves nasty frozen pizzas and fish sticks - but boy, does he have a dedicated crowd. The arrow in his side is his burglar brother, whom he loves dearly anyway. One day he needs to find an actual chef and ends up with a psychotic-looking loony bird (who yells things such as "CULINARY RACIST!" at people).

I will not spoil this fantastic ride. It is a comic descent into hell for nearly all the characters in it; it makes country music seem positively bubbly in comparison. It is the courage of this one forlorn Greek character that carries the movie, his courage making country music seem puny. You will see for yourself why I think this film ought to be compared to country music. This film made me laugh and cry simultaneously - nothing has done that since an old Kurosawa favorite of mine.

This film can brag some of the best art direction I have ever seen - the end credits are almost a religious experience in themselves - and the cinematography is crisply focused. Also be on the lookout for the eternally delightful Udo Kier cameo. Man, I wish the Germans would get more movies over here for us to see, and to learn from them. Though the comedy will seem U.S.-inspired, we could not have pulled this off the way they did.

Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Demir Gökgöl and directed by German up-and-coming Fatih Akin.
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