Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) (1987)
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The Danish/French Babette's Feast is based on a story by Isak Dinesen, also the source of the very different Out of Africa (1985). Stephane Audran plays Babette, a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish coastal town. Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), the elderly daughters of the town's long-dead minister, take Babette in. As revealed in flashback, Philippa and Martina were once beautiful young women (played by Hanne Stensgaard and
Aug 28, 1987 Wide
Jan 23, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
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A pleasant but overgenerous and predictable film, so eager to embrace the good in people that it never fully succeeds as drama.
The film leaves us with a haunting echo of the roads not taken, as the characters ask themselves: have they made the most of their gifts?
While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art.
It's a flawless adaptation of the story Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Karen Blixen) wrote for a bet that she could be published in the popular middlebrow Saturday Evening Post.
The film began something of a vogue for food as an emblem of love in the cinema, but nothing has equalled it. Resist it if you can.
Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub.
Despite the austerity of the characters and local, this quiet gentle Danish film, the surprise winner of the 1987 Best Foreign Oscar, won over audiences with its subject of food, and the preparartion of a feast to end all feasts-- by Stephane Audran!
Scrumptious and beautifully crafted
Still the gold standard of food movies.
A literate and lovely-to-look-at film that compels us to meditate upon the needs of the flesh and the gifts of the spirit.
Audience Reviews for Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast)
- Babette Hersant: An artist is never poor.
- Lorenz Lowenhielm as an old man: Mercy and truth have met together. Righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another. Man in his weakness and short-sightedness believes he must make choices in this life. He trembles at the risks he takes. We do know fear. But no, our choice is of no importance. There comes a time when your eyes are opened and we come to realize that mercy is infinite. We need only await it with confidence and receive it with gratitude. Mercy imposes no conditions. And lo! Everything we have chosen has been granted to us and everything we have rejected has also been granted. Yes, we get back even what we have rejected. For mercy and truth have met together and righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another.
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