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TIFF 2009 Day 7: Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen takes a nose-dive once we figure out that storyline is dull, that the characters come across as stereotypes and that plenty of them get lost in the shuffle.

I can tell you what I was expecting: something unlike his previous films, since Fatih Akin was going the comedy route. I can tell you what I was hoping for: perhaps some dramatic, or dark elements. What I wasn’t expecting to find is a bland mainstream offering that German audiences will likely flock to, but will hardly be mentioned on the art-house circuit. Soul Kitchen takes a nose-dive once we figure out that storyline is dull, that the characters come across as stereotypes and that plenty of them get lost in the shuffle, specifically the misuse of what could have been a potentially fun juxtaposing between the chummy protag played by Adam Bousdoukos and Birol Ünel. Full review coming soon.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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