All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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.…
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.
Film #11: Denmark - *Part of the 2016 March Around the World Letterboxd Challenge*
Sorry to Jonnie & (especially Lise)..... this 2* review still stands.
I will say the final 35-40 minutes was successful in making me hungry for a fine French dinner, and was heartwarming in the table's changes in perception and appreciation of a full life - thanks to general Lorens of the Queens Court in Paris. But the rest of the film, showing sisters Martine & Philippa living peacefully and simply in 19th-century Denmark, was an absolute bore, relating very little to me and connecting even less. How convenient for servant Babette to win the lottery and also be a former chef at Cafe Anglais - the celebration for…
The puritans desperately talking about the weather to try and not acknowledge the succulent feast reminded me so much of the first time I h
I can't believe I watched this. But it's on Criterion, so I am obliged to. I bet they showed this at the Tara.
But actually, the little exterior village set is really nice. I wouldn't mind standing in the middle of it for an hour.
As a person with a small palette and minimal appetite, I consider this film a hateful and bigoted attack against my humanity.
Such pure movie making magic! One of those awesome tales about nothing and everything.
The less interesting version of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman.
The problem with this film is not that it's slow, but that it's characters are slow - in their movement, in their talking and in their thinking. The director is also slow in making his point about his characters, but ultimately can't hide that he doesn't take them entirely seriously himself either. That's a pity, because the meal looked good.
On the surface, a simple fable. But actually a story of wonderful depth and complexity. I first watched this in Art 101 in college, and I've gone back to it several times since. It's a slow build leading to the climactic feast, which is a heartrending affirmation of the value of sensuous, creative beauty in the world. Perfectly understated performances, and excellent cinematography.
I think a film has to earn your patience rather than patience coming as a given. If there's a character you're enjoying, or beautiful cinematography, or it's particularly well written, a languorous pace can be a good thing.
None of that was true for me here, and I did find it hard to get through. Most of the other negative reviews mention how the first 2/3 are far inferior to the finale and I concur- I enjoyed the film's final half hour, and am now hungry. And I can't fault the performances.
I can understand why this film is considered a classic; but ultimately I found it to be almost suffocating in its desultory gentleness. I wanted more story and less contrivance.
I'm not talking US fundamentalist propaganda but cinema borne of questioning, of testing and of hope.
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