Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud) (1987)
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The acting is impeccable and the ambience suffused with delicate charm, but overall this doesn't aim at anything higher than Masterpiece Theatre or a Merchant-Ivory film.
Babette's offering is a ritual sacrifice, intended to encourage the austere characters with the possibility that their material nourishment may provide spiritual sustenance as well.
While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art.
Audience Reviews for Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud)
This sublime ode to Art, gift, love and grace should be remembered for its wonderful direction and a magnificent narrative that never ceases to surprise us for what it has to offer and the unbelievable amount of depth that it holds in every detail of its apparently simple story.
This film really moved me when I first saw it many years ago. I just rewatched it and I think that I enjoyed it even more this time around.
On the surface it is a very simple film, but the currents that run below the surface are very deep and complex. The film is beautiful, sad, depressing, inspiring and heartwarming all at once.
It is made all the more powerful by the wonderfull acting and beautifull cinematography. A true classic in every sense of the word.
Set in a rugged fishing village in 1871 Denmark, shows the impact of a French housekeeper (Stephane Audran) on two pious sisters who carry on their late father's work as pastor of a dwindling religious flock. Danish director Gabriel Axel's understated but finely detailed work centers on the preparation and consumption of an exquisite Gallic meal, a sensuous labor of love which has a healing effect on the austere sect and the Frenchwoman who prepared it. This film has so much power and warmth.
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