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Babette's Feast ()

Babettes gæstebud (original title)
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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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Babette Hersant (as Stephane Audran)
Bodil Kjer ...
Filippa
Birgitte Federspiel ...
Martine
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General Lorens Löwenhielm / Löwenhielm's Father
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Achille Papin (as Jean Philippe Lafont)
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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
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Young Martine
Therese Højgaard Christensen ...
Martha - Father's Maid
Pouel Kern ...
Pastor
Cay Kristiansen ...
Poul
Lars Lohmann ...
Fisherman
Tine Miehe-Renard ...
Löwenhielm's Wife
Lisbeth Movin ...
Widow
Finn Nielsen ...
Larsen - Grocer
Holger Perfort ...
Karlsen
Else Petersen ...
Solveig
Erik Petersén ...
Erik - Serving Boy (as Erik Petersen)
Ebbe Rode ...
Christopher
Bendt Rothe ...
Old Nielsen
Preben Lerdorff Rye ...
Captain
Hanne Stensgaard ...
Young Filippa
Axel Strøbye ...
Löwenhielm's Driver
Ebba With ...
Löwenhielm's Aunt
Gudmar Klöving ...
Lt. Lorens Löwenhielm (as Gudmar Wivesson)
Tina Kiberg ...
Filippa (singingVoice)

Directed by

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Gabriel Axel

Written by

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Karen Blixen ... (short story)
 
Gabriel Axel ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Karen Bentzon ... line producer
Just Betzer ... producer
Bo Christensen ... producer
Thomas Lydholm ... line producer
Sonja Vesterholt ... assistant line producer
Benni Korzen ... producer (uncredited)
Pernille Siesbye ... producer (uncredited)

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Per Nørgaard ... (as Per Nørgård)

Cinematography by

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Henning Kristiansen

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Finn Henriksen

Editorial Department

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Verner Frandsen ... color grader
Liselotte Havmøller ... assistant editor
Mette Schramm ... assistant editor
Dave Pultz ... color timer (uncredited)

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Sven Wichmann

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Annelise Hauberg
Karl Lagerfeld ... costume designer: Miss Audran
Pia Myrdal

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Elisabeth Bukkehave ... makeup artist
Sanne Dandanell ... makeup artist
Grethe Holleufer ... makeup artist
Birthe Lyngsøe ... makeup artist (as Birthe Lyngsøe Sørensen)
Bente Møller ... makeup artist
Lydia Pujols ... makeup artist
Aase Tarp ... makeup artist (as Åse Tarp)

Production Management

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Lene Nielsen ... production manager

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Tom Hedegaard ... assistant director

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Arvid Berg ... assistant property master (as Arvid Berg Jørgensen)
Ena Eisel ... property master
Gary Møller ... assistant property master
Torben Bækmark Pedersen ... property master
Rikke Raben ... assistant property master
Leif Stoltze ... construction manager

Sound Department

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Hans-Eric Ahrn ... sound mixer (as Hans Erik Ahrn)
Michael Dela ... sound
Jacky Dufour ... foley artist (as Gerard Jacky Dufors)
Carl Aage Hansen ... sound (as Nalle)
John Nielsen ... sound
Bjarne Risbjerg ... sound

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Henning Bahs ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Poul Kristensen ... opticals

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rasmus Arrildt ... b camera assistant
Birger Bohm ... b camera operator
Jesper Find ... b camera operator: second unit
Michael Wils Jensen ... lighting technician
Peter Klitgaard ... camera operator: second unit
Jacob Marlow ... lighting technician
Peter Gabriel Mørch ... still photographer (as Peter Gabriel)
Gunner Nielsen ... grip
Roald Pay ... still photographer: press photos
Michael Sørensen ... lighting technician

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Mogens Durholm ... musician
Finn Graunbøl ... musician: piano/organ (as Finn Gravnbøl)
Lars Holm ... musician (as Lars Holm Johansen)
Gert Mortensen ... musician
Henrik Olesen ... musician
Anne Øland ... musician

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Annemarie Aaes ... script
Claes Kastholm Hansen ... consultant: Danish Film Institute
Christian Have ... publicist
Niels Bjørn Larsen ... choreographer
Jan Pedersen ... gastronomic consultant
Sanni Sylvester Petersen ... extras coordinator
Paulette Tavormina ... food stylist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Babette's Feast (World-wide, English title)
  • Babette's Feast (United States)
  • Le festin de Babette (France)
  • El festín de Babette (Spain)
  • I giorti tis Babette (Greece)
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  • 103 min
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Trivia Favorite film of Pope Francis. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Eventyret om dansk film 18: Nye perspektiver - 1970-1987 (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Waltz in A flat Op.39 No.15, arranged for orchestra See more »
Quotes Old Lorenz Lowenhielm: Mercy and truth have met together. Righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another. Man, in his weakness and shortsightedness believes he must make choices in this life. He trembles at the risks he takes. We do know fear. But no. Our choice is of no importance. There comes a time when our eyes are opened and we come to realize that mercy is infinite. We need only await it with confidence and receive it with gratitude. Mercy imposes no conditions. And lo! Everything we have chosen has been granted to us. And everything we rejected has also been granted. Yes, we even get back what we rejected. For mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another.
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