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Babette's Feast (1987)

Babettes gæstebud (original title)
During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.

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Babette Hersant (as Stephane Audran)
Bodil Kjer ...
Birgitte Federspiel ...
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Achille Papin (as Jean Philippe Lafont)
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Svensk hofdame
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Asta Esper Hagen Andersen ...
Anna (as Asta Esper Andersen)
Thomas Antoni ...
Svensk løjtnant
Gert Bastian ...
Fattig mand
Viggo Bentzon ...
Fisker i robåd
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Therese Højgaard Christensen ...
Martha
Pouel Kern ...
Præsten
Cay Kristiansen ...
Poul
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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 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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$4,398,938 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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The full name of the French general mentioned by Babatte and General Löwenhielm was Gaston Alexandre Auguste, Marquis de Galliffet. He was a French war hero and long-serving soldier. He became infamous for his repression of the Paris Commune in 1871. See more »

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In the church where characters go, behind the pastor appears a crucifix on the wall. There are no images in Protestant temples. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Lang historie kort (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Champagne aria from Don Giovanni
(uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung as Papin returns to his lodging
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The feast of life
29 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie came aside as a shock in the eighties.Far from trends,that is to say in the heart of sincere creativity,Babettes gaestebud stands as one of the finest movies of its time.Stephane Audran,the wonderful actress of her ex-husband Claude Chabrol's greatest achievements (le boucher,la rupture,les noces rouges,all unqualified musts for movie buffs)gave a lifetime performance.To see her prepare with love and affection her meal is a feast for the eyes.All the people who saw this masterpiece actually tasted,ate Babette's culinary triumph. But the most moving part of the story is its conclusion:Babette was a great French chef,she was famous,now she found a new homeland but her heyday is behind her and she won't never be allowed to come back to her dear France.So the two old sisters do comfort her:In heaven,there will be huge kitchens where she'll cook for eternity.While sharing her fortune with her new friends,Babette changed their life,she gave them pleasure and a magic evening they would remember forever.In this simple but extraordinary screenplay,human warmth is everywhere,and I wish everybody a Babette's feast,would it be only for one starry night...


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