Soul Kitchen: DVD Review
Released by Madman
the Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, Soul Kitchen is the tale of
Zinos (Bousdoukos) a German restauranteur whose life is at a crossroads.
His girlfriend Nadine is about to fly to Shanghai for
a job, his ex con brother Ilias (Bleibtreu) is on parole and his Hamburg hangar
based restaurant, The Soul Kitchen is facing a crisis with a lack of patrons.
One day Zinos hires a new chef - and despite the
initial frostiness towards the cordon bleu chef's offerings, somehow the kitchen
manages to take off and become the hip centre of town.
But when Zinos' back gives out, he realizes he has to try and heal
his broken heart and head to Shanghai. So he leaves the restaurant with Ilias -
and that's when everything starts to go wrong.
Soul Kitchen is a vibrant comic film with a bustling cool soundtrack
(it's got one of the best opening scenes I've seen in a long time in terms of
hooking you in and getting you grooving)- it's also possibly one of the most
over the top pieces of cinema I've seen in a while, thanks in part to the
apparent overacting of Bousdoukos at odd moments.
There are screwball moments, warmth and heart in this kitchen - and
the final result is somewhat of a crazy yet very digestible and insanely