In the eerie echoes of a dystopian London, where the very fabric of society unravels, The Kitchen emerges as a cinematic journey through the remnants of a forgotten world. Directed by the creative minds of Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya, this film invites you to a place where hope clings to the cracks in the concrete.
Meet Izi, brought to life by the compelling Kane Robinson, and Benji, portrayed by the enigmatic Jedaiah Bannerman. Together, they navigate the crumbling remnants of a society that has cast them aside. The Kitchen, a community refusing to surrender, becomes the battleground for their survival.
As the camera sweeps through the decaying landscapes of a once vibrant city, a tale of resilience and camaraderie unfolds. In a world devoid of social housing, Izi and Benji confront challenges that transcend the physical, testing the limits of their bonds.
The Kitchen marks the maiden voyage into the directorial realm for both Tavares and Kaluuya. Born from a conversation in a barbershop in 2014, this project blossomed into a cinematic exploration shot on the gritty streets of London and the evocative backdrop of Paris.
Premiering under the flickering lights of the 67th BFI London Film Festival on October 15, 2023, the film made its way to select cinemas in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2024. A week later, on January 19, 2024, The Kitchen found its streaming home on Netflix, inviting viewers worldwide into this desolate yet captivating world.
Critics have lauded the film, with Rotten Tomatoes boasting an 84% approval rating, a testament to its smart sci-fi grounded in social commentary. Metacritic, with a score of 67/100, echoes the sentiment of generally favorable reviews.
Wendy Ide of The Guardian applauds the film’s striking visuals, a testament to the brilliant cinematography that paints a vivid picture of societal decay. Meanwhile, Debiparna Chakraborty of Far Out delves into the film’s unapologetic exploration of societal decay and oppression, awarding it a solid 4 stars.
So, step into The Kitchen, where the concrete jungle meets the human spirit, and join Izi and Benji on a journey through the remnants of a world forgotten, where resilience is their only currency, and hope, their guiding star.