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…
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…
The selflessness in Babette's Feast is one of the most touching things I've seen in a long time. Never have I seen food used in such a way that it made me want to cry (both from the what it represented, and because it looked so delicious and I knew I couldn't eat it).
Just so pretty, all the pretty
The warning signs were all there: Foreign, independent, academy award winner...I definitely had concerns this movie wouldn't be for me. Boy was I right! What a drag! Clearly there is some clever metaphor wrapped into this light and fluffy fable but I was so bored by it all I couldn't find the will to intellectualize it. Maybe it was the pious, snobby religious overtones that got my back up - I figured we were supposed to admire these people but they just came across as closed minded simpletons to me.
I guess this is art. You could paint a turd gold, put a hat on it and hang it on your wall and that would be considered art too. This movie is like that.
Ordet meets Project X
The power of this film sort of sneaks up on the viewer. It is very delicate and gentle, yet there's such a strong emotional core. It feels very Scandinavian.
I don't usually use words like "sumptuous" or "ravishing," but both words apply. I'm also not a "foodie," but the way this film is shot and edited, I imagine that most viewers will likely be salivating over this French dinner.
It's a film you have to be in the right mood for....but if you are, it's a beautiful experience.
Grace is served.
This is the definitive foodie film. Gabriel Axel's classic reflects on the simple joys of life and its spiritual rewards: the greatest chef in all of France, Babette, cooking the meal of meals to celebrate a small Christian sect's founder's birth. The sequence relies on the quirks and comments of the Danish General, who is in disbelief that he is eating the perfect meal from France's greatest chef. The members of the Church however, innocently believe the meal to be a witch's brew...misinterpreting the dinner to be less than what it is...later realizing as the General describes it "a meal that is turned into a love affair."
Its simplistic story has an underlining complexity. A town that is shut off…
I do imagine this film will grow for every viewing.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)