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Babette's Feast (1987)

Babettes gæstebud (original title)
G | | Drama | 4 March 1988 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Babette Hersant (as Stephane Audran)
Bodil Kjer ... Filippa
Birgitte Federspiel ... Martine
... General Lorens Löwenhielm / Löwenhielm's Father
... Achille Papin (as Jean Philippe Lafont)
... Swedish Lady-in-Waiting
Ghita Nørby ... Narrator (voice)
Asta Esper Hagen Andersen ... Anna (as Asta Esper Andersen)
Thomas Antoni ... Swedish Lieutenant
Gert Bastian ... Poor Man
Viggo Bentzon ... Fisherman in Rowboat
... Young Martine
Therese Højgaard Christensen ... Martha - Father's Maid
Pouel Kern ... Pastor
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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$4,398,938
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First Danish movie to win an Academy Award for best foreign language film. See more »

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In 1871 Babette pays with Skilling, which was the currency used at that time; 14 years later, Babette still uses Skilling, but Denmark changed the currency in 1875 from skilling to kroner and orer. 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 Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Juan Carlos Maneglia (2017) See more »

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Duet Là ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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my favorite movie of all time
20 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

One evening when I was working in the lab, I developed this intense pang of hunger. I decided to go downstairs to the cafeteria and scrap together a dinner when I noticed a few random folk gathered in front of the adjacent theater. Since the building was usually empty by that hour I couldn't help feeling curious and since I always eavesdrop on conversations I soon discovered that they were showing old films in the theater. So, I bought a few vendor snacks and decided to join them for a viewing. That was one of the best work related decisions I ever made as an undergrad. That movie made me reconsider my second shift job at the lab and check out enrollment into the local culinary art schools. Well, I didn't become a chef but I did abandon biology for a more creative outlet and realized that being home before dinner is an important part of better living. Babette's Feast - a movie that had me reevaluate my life and consider a career change. How many flicks do that? Best movie ever.


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