All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The guest, a General at the Swedish court, is not related to the sister, but, as a callow young man, was in love with her, but chose his military career over happiness with her. His aunt is a member of the religious community. He is the one who, unknowingly, identifies Babette as the famous chef from Paris' "Cafe Anglais," and provides the catalyst for the enjoyment of the feast.
This is my third or fourth time sitting down to the table with Babette, and each tasting is more sumptuous and rewarding. After this screening, I realized that Babette deserves a perfect score.
The story is simple, lovely, and gentle. It takes it’s time. It’s this unhurriedness that makes you fall in love, gradually and naturally. The first act is solely dedicated to back story, where we are introduced to the inhabitants of a tiny, picturesque, Danish hamlet. The close knit community revolves around a tiny sect led by a moral and just preacher. His two daughters, Martine and Filippa, are named for Martin Luther and his friend Philipp Melanchton, founders of Protestantism. The fracture with Catholicism being the notion…
I first saw and fell in love with Babette's Feast back in the late 80s shortly after it was released. I had just begun my foray into foreign films and Babette confirmed what would later come to be a truth so ingrained in me that it is the subject of teasing (eh Showbill?): I love foreign films. I don't love them because they are foreign, although sometimes that is enough, when my curiosity about how one lives elsewhere gets the better of me. I love them because of the stories they tell and how they tell them. Even back in the 80s I had come to expect a certain way of telling stories from North American productions, and the more…
Review In A Nutshell:
Babette's Feast is about the two daughters of a minister, Martine and Filippa, who have taken in a woman, Babette, as requested by an old admirer of one of the sisters. Babette requests the sisters if she could hold a French feast for the 100th anniversary of the minister's birth.
The film's plot is fairly light, lacking in any sense of complication that would make the film seem dire but surprisingly the film has kept me interested as the film succeeds in having the audience care about its characters, fleshing them out early in the film and given enough time to ensure they are well established. We…
Grounded in strong characters, and wonderfully human performances, "Babette's Feast" is extremely touching in it's simplicity. The photography is beautiful, and the third act is a wonder of film-making to behold.
Half way through the new Criterion release of the classic Danish film, Babette's Feast, I had to put it on pause so I could go and eat something. I somehow knew I wouldn't be able to get through the rest on an empty stomach.
Hunger pains satisfied, I was freed to bask in the beauty of this poetic fable. There may not be anything particularly striking about the film apart from its beauty, but Axel's lens is so clearly focused with wisdom and maturity, with such a soft smile and a heartwarming glow, that I feel to only call this masterpiece 'beautiful' would be an undersell. There is real profundity here. Religious, spiritual, poetic, whatever you want to call it.…
It's been about 24hrs, (give or take) since Babette's Feast started to unfold in front of my eyes for the first time. Almost a full day. I gave it time to resonate, because my initial impressions seemed quite low for a film with such an impressive stature. Yet, here we are, a full day later, and I still feel completely indifferent with a general sense of disappointment and lack of excitement.
Sure, I'm far from saying I disliked it, but at the same time, seeing 4 and 5 star ratings across the board, followed by words like "masterpiece" or "perfection" just doesn't seem to match up to the 102 minutes that I was witness to. Perhaps it'll creep up on…
Some people say that the best films are those with "groundbreaking special effects" like Lord of the Rings, or ones with "innovative and engaging story lines" like Inception. However, Pope Francis has identified this film, Babette's Feast, as his personal favorite. As I sat down to rewatch it, I couldn't help but playfully scratch my head in wonder and giggle to myself. "This was his favorite movie?" I gurgled, "I remember watching this in religion class and I thought it seemed dull, plotless, and lacked any likable qualities! Ha ha!" Yet by the time this Academy Award-winning film came to it's touching conclusion, my opinion of the film (and the world at large) had completely flipped.
Stéphane Audran, the titular…
Beautifully captures a time and place. Loved the music and its quiet confidence.
(Not gonna lie though...some of those dinner prep scenes made this vegetarian cringe!)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A parable of grace so delicious, even a person with severe food allergies can appreciate it.*
This films makes you think about art and what people will sacrifice for it. My teenager and I were both moved to tears at the end.
Warning: this movie will make you hungry for food you (probably) can't afford. It's a lovely story though, and I was thoroughly charmed by the end.
However, there was one thing that drove me nuts. The story concerns two sisters, whom we see in old age and youth, but the actresses who play their younger versions look like the opposites their older counterparts. That is to say, the taller sister has deeper eyes and more pronounced features while the other has a more flat face with softer features, yet when we transition to their younger selves, the actress playing the taller sister has a softer, flat face, while the other has a deeper eyes and more pronounced features! Why!? Why…
This movie really was a revelation. While I have a strong sense of what I got out of it, I'm certain I've only just begun to understand it. Despite the film seemingly offering blatant explanations of what it was trying to say, full comprehension seems to have eluded me. The entire time I was being pulled along through the story by the emotional heft and magnetism embued in every moment. I will definitely need to watch this again, and I know I will be having small epiphanies about this film for years to come.
The production values are high, but the movie SUPER-uninteresting.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753