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Babette's Feast (1987)

Babettes gæstebud (original title)
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In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Babette Hersant (as Stephane Audran)
Bodil Kjer ...
Birgitte Federspiel ...
Achille Papin (as Jean Philippe Lafont)
Svensk hofdame
Ghita Nørby ...
Asta Esper Hagen Andersen ...
Anna (as Asta Esper Andersen)
Thomas Antoni ...
Svensk Lieutenant
Gert Bastian ...
Poor Man
Viggo Bentzon ...
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Therese Hojgaard Christensen ...
Pouel Kern ...
The Minister
Cay Kristiansen ...


In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one could have married a young army officer and the other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case, and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later - their father is now deceased - they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father's birth. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Babette's Feast  »

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$4,398,938 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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First Danish movie to win an Academy Award for best foreign language film. See more »


[first lines]
[in Danish, using English subtitles]
Narrator: In this remote spot there once lived two sisters who were both past the first flush of youth. They had been christened Martina and Philippa after Martin Luther and his friend Philipp Melanchton. They spent all their time and almost all their small income on good works.
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Waltz in A flat Op.39 No.15, arranged for orchestra
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played during the dance hosted by the Royal family
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A Movie to enchant the Angels
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Sublime--perfect--profound--a true lesson on the idealized meaning of life. We get completely caught up in the life journeys of Martina and Phillipa and

Babette. Their yearnings, desires, sacrifices resonant long after the movie has ended. Seeing it years ago--as it was gaining a great deal of notoriety at the audaciousness of its subject matter--half the movie being a single dinner--the audience was "oohing and aahing" as some of the courses took their final

glorious shape, laughing at the reaction of the diners, as they became totally seduced by the gustatorial pleasures being introduced to them by Babette, and being totally surprised at the turn of events at the end of the film. Subsequently seeing the film years later after my own twists and turns of life, I realized just how profound the film is. On this viewing tears flowed freely. The film's

meditation on the passage of time and the way it uses a seemingly simple story to comment on life and love and art and generosity is truly something to


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