Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)
Norwegian director Bent Hamer continues to make quirky, odd peeks into the domestic lives of rural Norway. This time, he intertwines his distinctive humour with pondering satirically on the behaviouristic tradition deployed in psychology for large parts of the previous century. The result is often amusing, and sometimes relevant as Hamer mixes some of the best Norwegian and Swedish talent to co-produce this binational feature. Like many films in the Scandinavian tradition, Salmer fra kjøkkenet is low-key and unpolished. It toys with the Nordic nature of reservation, and turns our two leads, Calmeyer and Norström, into an unlikely but still predictable odd-couple. The film remains light-weight throughout, but it has humour and irony which enables it to amuse, if not captivate.