Babette's Feast (1987) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

  • Two elderly characters who are romantically involved express guilt over the affair they began while the woman's husband was living.
  • None

Violence & Gore

  • It is mentioned that the main character's husband and son were shot to death in the repression of the revolutionary Paris Commune; later, a woodcut image of a shooting in that conflict is seen.
  • The film contains several realistic sequences of food preparation involving animal parts. A woman plucks a dead quail. Bloodied animal parts (chicken heads and feet, cuts of meat, a calf's head) are seen on a table. The actual killing of the various animals is not shown on screen.
  • A cow's head is seen in a wheelbarrow.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is no drug use.
  • There is some wine consumption surrounding the meal; the teenage boy assisting with the meal drinks a half-full glass after the congregation has left the meal.
  • A male character smokes a cigar in an early scene.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In preparation for the feast. Babette imports ingredients which include live animals. Several quail are kept in an overcrowded cage and a large tortoise is seen struggling to move on a table. These scenes of animal mistreatment might be upsetting to some who are sensitive to the treatment of animals in film. The dead quail are later seen in a large bowl, and there is a short scene where we watch Babette pluck them.
  • None

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