German director Faith Akin’s latest film, Soul Kitchen, is very much a departure from his more serious work like Head-On and Edge of Heaven. It’s actually rather admirable that the young filmmaker would take all his critical and arthouse goodwill and risk it by making a straightforward farce. Soul Kitchen, the story of the hapless characters whose lives revolve around a divey cafe, is funny and energetic. It also has almost no depth (compared to Akin’s other work), and paints very evenly within the lines. However, it’s a good time, with an enjoyable blend of music and romance. IFC Films will begin a theatrical release this weekend, and it will be made available via cable video-on-demand, starting August 25. Here is the trailer:
P.S. – If I had the money, I would buy and adapt the rights into a Broadway musical. Watch the film, and see if you agree.