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…
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…
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…
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.
If you have never experienced a meal that borders on a religious experience. you owe it to yourself to have one. Food, masterfully prepared, brings us as close to heaven as is possible on Earth. That is at least one of the themes inherent in this wonderful film from Denmark under the direction of Gabriel Axel, who developed the screenplay from a novel by Karen Blixen.
Stéphane Audran plays the title character, Babette Hersant, who arrives upon her exile from Paris in the late 19th century at a tiny town on the coast of Jutland. She ends up working for free as a housemaid and servant to two Puritan sisters,…
Charming, simple, and sweet. Masterpiece.
Ganske vanskelig å finne ein ordentlig moral i denne filmen, men pga settingen vart eg kanskje litt for opptatt av å finne ein. Kjekk film å berre la skylle over meg.
Oscar winning Danish film from the 1980s. The drama going on throughout this movie has interesting moments, yet what makes it so watchable is simply the preparation of the feast. It's like the best sort of food porn. That's not to underplay the other elements in the film, but there is something so fascinating about the cooking of a meal and what it says about different cultures. An odd little movie, but certainly an enjoyable one.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Babette's Feast focuses on a little town made up of devout Christians who believe in simplicity and regimens. Two sisters meet luxurious men, fall in love, but don't act on their feelings. A woman named Babette comes to town, living with them for many years before revealing herself to be a world-famous cook who makes them a meal as a gift. The town learns to overcome their petty squabbles after eating, for life is worth living and their troubles mean nothing in that context. This is a sweet, simple story and the film comes across as the same. The old ladies are adorable in their staid routines involving mushy bread and prayer, the scenery is beautiful, and the subtle commentary…
Esta cinta ganadora del Oscar en 1987, la cual fue muy aclamada y recibió diversas nominaciones y premios, relata el peculiar modo de vida, de una pequeña sociedad muy religiosa y puritana, que se ve trastocada por un fastuoso festín. Basada en un cuento de Isak Dikesen, de cuya obra "Memorias de África¨también fue oscarizada y muy premiada. Aunque no está mal adaptada, y se nota la antiguedad de la película, nada que ver con la pequeña joya literaria en la que se basa.
Still so, so good.
This time around, I was particularly struck by the parallelisms in both sisters' stories. The first (and most obvious) is the moment between Martine and Löwenhielm beside the coat rack, where he (as a young hussar) tells here that "many things are impossible. And then, later, where he stands and says that "this evening I have learned, my dear, that in this beautiful world of ours, all things are possible."
The second, though, is when Filippa tells Babette that "In Paradise you will be the great artist that God meant you to be, and how you will delight the angels!" Because in a real way, she's saying that to herself (and repeating what Achille Papin told…
Week 16 in Letterboxd Season Challenge 15-16.
Spiritually Significant Week
Watch at least one previously unseen spiritually significant movie from Arts & Faiths' 2011-list. If you happen to have seen all, your challenge is to watch at least one unseen from this extended Arts & Faiths-list that includes movies from former editions.
What a beautiful movie with a great message and some beautiful cinematography.
The movie is slow-paced and the events that occur are small but they all come together for a greater good in the end.
Stéphane Audran delivers a good and subtle performance that is hard to forget.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
[crossposted from my blog]
Note: I watched this for my personal movie challenge, but I'm also counting it for the Letterboxd Season Challenge, which is especially fitting because it fits the week that challenge is on right now!
Week 16: Spiritually Significant Week
Challenge: Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen spiritually significant movie from Arts & Faiths' 2011-list.
Despite having heard Babette's Feast raved about by a lot of different people, I had never drummed up the motivation to see it myself. Here's the description from HuluPlus: "Two devout and elderly sisters allow their cook, a French refugee, to prepare a feast in honor of their late father's 100th birthday, despite their spiritual concerns over the…
Film #39 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16.
Babette's Feast is a film not in a hurry to go anywhere. Gabriel Axel takes his time to build the characters and when we get to the titular feast sequence, the viewer is completely in awe. I'm quite certain it's the finest scene about eating I've ever seen. The acting is fantastic as well. In the end the film is melancholic but very uplifting, and after starting slow it totally got me by surprise. Fantastic.
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