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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 ...
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
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1.66 : 1
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The novella on which this film is based was originally published in June 1950 in "Lady's Home Journal". It was the last work published in her lifetime by 'Isak Dinesen', the pen-name of Karen Blixen-Finecke (1885-1962) (Dinesen was her maiden name). She is best remembered now as being played by Meryl Streep in the film based on her memoirs 'Out Of Africa'. 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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[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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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #20.5 (2007) See more »

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Waltz in A flat Op.39 No.15, arranged for orchestra
(uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played during the dance hosted by the Royal family
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Consuming passion?
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Babette's Feast" proves that not all film theories and formulas are true 100% of the time. Here's a story where there is no life-or-death conflict, no raging anger, no violent outbursts. Nothing blowed up real good, and there is nothing resembling a chase scene. The conflict is about the ways in which people can be nice to each other. Their personal differences of passion or conviction are not as important as the ways in which they can connect with each other.

How shockingly refreshing.

There is an undercurrent to this film that gives it the feel of a Garrison Keillor monologue, in that it is built around people's personal foibles and quirks.

Even more refreshing is how "Babette's Feast" manages to be nice without becoming cloying, saccharine, facile, superficial or insincere. People's personal passions are portrayed not only from their own perspective, but from the perspective of the people they affect, with more realism than you usually get in film, yet also with sincere and infectious optimism.

If you don't come away from "Babette's Feast" smiling and feeling better, then you must have been distracted from giving it your full attention. This is one of those very rare films that you can recommend to everyone you know. It is truly in a class by itself. Like Mary Poppins, "Practically perfect in every way."

Utterly charming and subtly stunning.


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