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Director:
Writers:
Karen Blixen (novel)
Gabriel Axel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 March 1988 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In a remote 19th Danish century village two sister lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A bittersweet, redemptive northern masterpiece See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stéphane Audran ... Babette Hersant (as Stephane Audran)
Bodil Kjer ... Filippa
Birgitte Federspiel ... Martine

Jarl Kulle ... Gen. Lorens Löwenhielm

Jean-Philippe Lafont ... Achille Papin (as Jean Philippe Lafont)

Bibi Andersson ... 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

Vibeke Hastrup ... Young Martine
Therese Hojgaard Christensen ... Martha
Pouel Kern ... The Minister
Cay Kristiansen ... Poul
Lars Lohmann ... Fisherman
Tine Miehe-Renard ... Löwenhielm's Wife
Lisbeth Movin ... The Widow
Finn Nielsen ... Kobmand
Holger Perfort ... Karlsen
Else Petersen ... Solveig
Erik Petersén ... Erik (as Erik Petersen)
Ebbe Rode ... Christopher
Bendt Rothe ... Old Nielsen
Preben Lerdorff Rye ... The Captain
Hanne Stensgaard ... Young Filippa
Axel Strøbye ... The Coach
Ebba With ... Löwenhielm's Aunt
Gudmar Klöving ... Young Lorens Löwenhielm (as Gudmar Wivesson)
Tina Kiberg ... Filippa (singing voice)
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Directed by
Gabriel Axel 
 
Writing credits
Karen Blixen (novel "Skaebne-Anekdoter")

Gabriel Axel (screenplay)

Produced by
Just Betzer .... producer
Bo Christensen .... producer
Benni Korzen .... producer (uncredited)
Pernille Siesbye .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Per Nørgaard  (as Per Nørgård)
 
Cinematography by
Henning Kristiansen 
 
Film Editing by
Finn Henriksen 
 
Production Design by
Sven Wichmann 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Obeling Johannsen 
 
Costume Design by
Annelise Hauberg 
Karl Lagerfeld (costume designer: Miss Audran)
Pia Myrdal 
 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Bukkehave .... makeup artist
Sanne Dandanell .... makeup artist
Grethe Holleufer .... makeup artist
Birthe Lyngsøe .... makeup artist
Bente Møller .... makeup artist
Lydia Pujols .... makeup artist
Aase Tarp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lene Nielsen .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Hedegaard .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arvid Berg .... assistant property master
Ena Eisel .... property master
Gary Møller .... assistant property master
Torben Bækmark Pedersen .... property master
Rikke Raben .... assistant property master
Leif Stoltze .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Hans-Eric Ahrn .... sound mixer
Karen Bentzon .... production sound recordist
Michael Dela .... sound
Carl Aage Hansen .... sound
John Nielsen .... sound
Bjarne Risbjerg .... sound
Sonja Vesterholt .... production sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Henning Bahs .... special effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Wils Jensen .... lighting technician
Jacob Marlow .... lighting technician
Peter Gabriel Mørch .... still photographer
Gunnar Nielsen .... grip
Michael Sørensen .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Liselotte Havmøller .... assistant editor
Mette Schramm .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Finn Graunbøl .... musician: Klaver/Orgel (as Finn Gravnbol)
 
Other crew
Annemarie Aaes .... script
Claes Kastholm Hansen .... consultant
Niels Bjørn Larsen .... choreographer
Paulette Tavormina .... food stylist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Babettes gæstebud" - Denmark (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Favorite film of Pope Francis.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don GiovanniSee more »

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73 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
A bittersweet, redemptive northern masterpiece, 6 December 2000
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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Take the style of Ingmar Bergman, stir in some Lutheranism, add a dash of Guy De Maupassant, a pinch of Chekov (such a severe and forbidding brew!). Mix well with the grand cuisine of nineteenth century France and what do you have? Babette's Feast!

Our story (from an Isak Dinesen short story) is of two lovely maiden sisters from Jutland, the pious daughters of a stern and dictatorial minister, who spurn their chance for love to remained devoted to their austere Protestant creed and to their puritanical and selfish father. We are subjected to the bleak, harsh winters, to the endless hours of knitting, to the long silences and the sighs upon sighs... Ah, the Danes, the Norwegians, the Swedes, how beautifully they brood! We see the barren beauty of Martina, who so enchanted the young cavalryman that when he could not melt her cold, cold heart, he instead vowed to be a success, and succeeded! And then there came the baritone from the Paris opera who heard her sister Phillipa's soprano voice at choir and fell immediately and hopeless in love with her, and sought to train her voice and carry her away. But no, he too could not melt the snows of her near Arctic heart, and so returned to Paris where he played out his (now) empty career.

Flash forward to the entrance of Babette, whom the opera singer sends many years later to the sisters to hide from the strife in France. She will be an angel of gastronomy, household management and common sense who will mend their souls and fill them with joy.

This is a tale of unrequited love. Of love that festers and longs and does not die. How I adore the love stories where the love is never consummated! I love the years of yearning, the melancholy realization that it could never work, and yet, and yet... And then when they are old and past any pretense, how wonderful it is to know that the anticipation, the savoring, the longing, the utter lack of finality, how wonderful THAT was, and how superior to a banal consummation!

But then, such is not the usual taste. Speaking of tastes, this is not a movie to see on an empty stomach. The climatic feast of turtle soup, quail in pastry, rich sauces, dessert, fromage, fruit, etc., washed down with amontillado, champagne, etc. will wet your appetite. A little stunning for this modest epicure was the Clos de Vougeot, 1845 that the general so admired. Can you imagine how beautiful that wine was, and what it would fetch today!

This is also a tale of Christian piety, and a joining of the Protestant and the Catholic, of how a Lutheran might learn from a Papist, of how the temperate zone might warm the north. How food really is a sacrament.

Anyway, we know from the moment Babette comes to the austere, but grand old pious ladies to cook for them that she is something special. When the ladies show her how to precisely prepare the mundane Danish meals of bread soup and soaked, smoked flounder, we know immediately that she is a great cook; after all she is Parisian, and an opera star has signified her as such. But she modestly says not a word and learns the Danish names and follows faithfully the Danish recipes, as though she were an ingenue. She works for nothing, having lost her family to the bloodshed in France, and what has she to live for but to do what she has to do and do it right. And does she ever!

Babette's Feast is as heart-warming as a Disney tale would love to be. It is as uplifting as a stirring Sousa march, and as satisfying as a seven-course meal at the Grand Hotel in Paris, France. It starts like a novel from the nineteenth century, slow and studied, and before you know it, has captured your fancy. Director Gabriel Axel unfolds the story with precision and a careful attention to detail, but ultimately with an invisible simplicity and economy. What he is saying in the end, is what he has the general pronounce after the sensuous meal (which is quite a moral extravagance, perhaps even a sinfulness for the pious flock): "Righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another."

Someday, one hopes in this world, they shall.

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