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Babette's Feast (1987)

Babettes gæstebud (original title)
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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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
Ghita Nørby ...
Narrator
Asta Esper Hagen Andersen ...
Anna (as Asta Esper Andersen)
Thomas Antoni ...
Svensk Lieutenant
Gert Bastian ...
Poor Man
Viggo Bentzon ...
Fisherman in Rowboat
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Therese Hojgaard Christensen ...
Martha
Pouel Kern ...
The Minister
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 novella on which this film is based was originally published in 1958 in a collection called 'Anecdotes of Destiny'. 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 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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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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