IFC has rolled out the poster and trailer for Fatih Akin’s comedy Soul Kitchen. When a restaurateur’s girlfriend suddenly takes off for Shanghai, he leaves his restaurant in the care of his sketchy brother to go bring her back. Finding her shacked up with another man, he returns only to discover that his brother has managed the restaurant into the ground. Can he save his restaurant and repair his love life?
American trailers for foreign comedies often lose something in the translation and even well-meaning ones like this one risk coming off crass and stupid. I don’t know, maybe it’s me and my distaste for just about every voiceover actor used in every American trailer. Fingernails on a chalkboard.
Soul Kitchen has received excellent reviews on the film festival circuit and my hopes remain high. It opens August 20th.