Babette's feast

Babette's feast

DVD - 2013 | Danish
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At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette's Feast is a layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2013.
Branch Call Number: DVD Babettes
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (64 p.)


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JCLStefanieE Feb 16, 2015

A feast for your eyes.

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Aug 18, 2018

Could this movie be any more than a Walt Disney version of Von Trier's "Breaking the Waves"?
After appearing in many Claude Chabrol movies and (of course) Luis Bunuel's "Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie", Stephane Audran must have fallen on hard times. Why else would she consider appearing in this piece of cutesy-poo claptrap?

Dec 19, 2017

I was truly wow'd by this one. The best part is it all comes together right before the cut to credits! Make sure you stick with this movie because I was definitely wondering where all of this was going. There were also some boring times, but it was truly all worth it in the end. A must-watch for foodies - the meal looked absolutely delicious! Babette is such a charming character and she displays true selflessness. I highly recommend this film!

Dec 12, 2017

Originally released as a motion picture in 1987, this Danish drama was directed by Gabriel Axel, based on the story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen).
It is a culinary delight with a bliss of spiritual taste.
You would definitely be able to taste it.

Jul 09, 2017

Really outstanding movie- you should have something on hand to nibble as this movie WILL make you hungry.

Sep 16, 2016

This is a really beautiful and moving film- watch it.

Sep 16, 2016

Seamless! Lots of subtle details.
Now, this is a classic!

Dec 23, 2015

I really liked the pace and the humour in this.

Aug 29, 2015

As someone who isn't into foreign films, this is one of my 2 favorite films of all time (the other is THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY). Bluntly stated, it is slow, the scenery & setting is drab, & little happens in the film, until Babette finds out she has won the lottery. Babette is a Christ-figure who demonstrates other-worldly love, grace, & truth toward the pious & aging religious community cared for by the elderly sisters. For those with "eyes to see," the film is a sublime revelation.

Aug 27, 2015

I enjoyed the film. I'd also recommend the extra disc on the author, pen name Isak Dinesen, real name Karen Blixen. Very moving.

Jun 05, 2015

Maybe a bit slow moving and a person will need the subtitles for English translation. I stopped watching several times, then went back to it. Glad I did, too.

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Apr 01, 2015

Well worth the watch. Has the flavor of O. Henry: masterful story-telling, some surprises. Great take-aways. Written by "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen. This one is fiction and 'out of Denmark.' Nevertheless, you can hear the Baroness's voice, esp. thru the general, towards the end of the story. Thoughtful yet fun at the same time.

Nov 03, 2013

The tale involves two sisters living together in a tiny village along a rugged stretch of Danish coastline. At the outset of the film, the very attractive young girls assist their father who is the local Lutheran minister in his pastoral duties, seeing after a few old and indigent villagers. In the process they live celibate lives, spurning the advances of suitors. The film then flash forwards to the present some 35 years later where the minister father has died and the two much older and now spinster daughters are continuing the pastoral duties of caring for the villagers. Now enters Babette, a refugee from French civil strife who has been sent to the village for her safety. Some fifteen years pass by and the sisters consider a dinner in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth, a gesture designed to hopefully heal the dissension and rifts which have occurred among the villagers over the years without the active guidance of the minister. As a gesture of appreciation to the support she has received from the two sisters over the years, Babette offers to plan and cook the entire commemorative dinner as a classic French feast.


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