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3.5 out of 5, a sweet, lighthearted, funny, comedy drama.,
This review is from: Soul Kitchen (DVD)
Soul Kitchen, along with Fatih Akin's only other comedy film (as far as I know) is once again an intelligent, light hearted affair filled with themes of romance, class, quirky characters and most of all good but simple comedy.
It tells the story of a Greek/German man trying to juggle a realtionship with a girlfriend who's relocated to China and a restuarant that is barely making a profit. You throw in a caring but irresponsible brother who's has repeated day release permission from prision, an ex classmate who's a real estate dealer that tries everything to get our main charcacter to sell the restaurant in order to sell it to a wealthy investor, an eccentric and volatile chef, an old time sailor that lives on the premises (for free as he can never pay the rent) and some of the brothers' criminal friends, you get a good set of varied enough characters that help create the comedy and drama.
In my opinion it's the least best of the 4 fatih akin full length dramas that he's made but nevertheless it's definitely enjoyable to watch and like all his films (although i can't remember how head on finishes) it ends on a positive note that provides the charcater with renewed hope for the future and puts a smile on the film watchers face. Overall, don't expect the heavy, powerful impact of head on or edge of heaven (which i prefer) as this is obviously a comedy, unlike those two. Just sit back and enjoy the dialogue, comedy and drama that is derived from this fast paced and upbeat movie. Romantics will defintely enjoy it too.