Directed by: Fatih Akin
Written by: Fatih Akin (screenplay); Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)
Another quirky story out of Germany, Soul Kitchen centers on Zinos and his restaurant that although lacking quality food has boundless warmth and plods along doing a not so roaring trade serving subpar café food to a loyal few.
Zinos is having a hard time of it, the place is sinking, his girlfriend is leaving for Japan and him to follow and to top it off his career criminal brother is out on day release and needs a job! Enter Birol Ünel a volatile knife wielding chef whose talent and temper make him a necessary evil who just might help save the day.
Revamping the restaurant and bringing his brother on board proves a success that soon turns sour and the events in between are what really make this off the wall story work.
The relationship between Zinos and his absentee girlfriend vs. his love of the eatery vs. his responsibility to his wayward yet lovable brother combined with a tantrum throwing chef and droll chain smoking waitress all add up to highly entertaining film featuring a cast of characters you can’t help but feel great affection for and a stellar soundtrack of old soul classics.