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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…
This movie was absolutely enchanting. It's such an interesting take on piety, artistry, life and its meaning. The characters are rich and lovely, and MY GOD, the feast. Even as a vegetarian grossed out by the dead quails, I could appreciate the beauty of it all. What a spectacular film!
This charming and lighthearted Danish drama, set in the 19th century in a picturesque village on the Jutland coast, proceeds at a slow, leisurely pace, imparting life-affirming lessons without ever getting bogged down in preachiness or pretension. The acting is superb, and the cinematography is a visual feast in itself. It's like a big warm bowl of turtle soup for the soul. This may be one of the greatest food movies ever made (but not for vegetarians).
Watched this movie a few years back. Wanted to save my review here. Loved the movie. My old review follows.
'Babette's Feast' is about two Danish girls, Martine and Philippa, whose father is the local pastor. When young men show interest in these two girls, who are very beautiful, and ask for their hands in marriage, their father typically rejects them. The young women grow up and become old and continue their father's good work. One day a younger woman arrives at their place. She is French and her name is Babette. She gives our heroines an introduction letter which is from an old French singer who courted Philippa when she was younger. The letter says that Babette had to…
I don’t remember the last time I saw a film this life affirming. When it was over I found myself in a state of subtly persistent joy.
OK. Too Lutheran.
The closing act of this charming film shoots for the same atmosphere as The Leopard or The Dead, but there's not nearly as much weight behind it, which makes it feel like posturing at times. Still, it gets by with surprisingly little narrative incident, though that only ensures that the opening half-hour's back story seem even more superfluous. Small tonal problems crop up elsewhere. For example, to ask us to laugh when the severe Danish townsfolk suspect accuse the French chef of witchcraft is to ask us to condescend. It's not that it doesn't take their values seriously so much as it wants to simultaneously flatter ours.
That final scene of everyone - happy, drunk, and well-fed, gathered around and embracing each other near the center of the village - is how everyone should feel after watching this movie. And watching it does feel like eating a well-made feast: it comes together slowly, but with all the right ingredients and a lot of care and attention to detail. Some great cinematography, performances, and probably the best looking food that's ever been put on film (just look at the menu, ffs), and it's really a great work of art that has to be experienced by anyone who likes good movies or great food.
Only thing that bothered me? That turtle (;-;)
It was nearly 30 years ago when this film tiptoed into the cacophonous realm of movie reviewing. My introduction to it
came as a result of commenting on another movie, <The Hundred-Foot Journey>, to a colleague. I was told of <Babette's Feast> and after much searching, found a copy to enjoy. Did I write, "enjoy?" I would have been more precise to write, "savour." The plot is simple,
and for the sake of being accused of laying out "spoilers", I will only say this, "Be sure to keep up with the subtitles."
The cinematography enhances the characters of those who arrive to be part of an extraordinary gathering of embittered souls who are about to taste samples of heaven. The…
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