All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
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…
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…
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…
A.V. Club review. Along with Mediterraneo and Indochine, this has long been my go-to example of the unchallenging, forgettable foreign films AMPAS members tend to embrace. Had hoped Criterion's stamp of approval meant that I'd misremembered or misjudged it. Nope.
Babette’s Feast proves a beguiling, charming and beautifully constructed exploration of human nature, religion and the significance of food within the community. A poignant, thoughtful and highly rewarding piece of cinema.
do not watch this while hungry. you will die. tru story.
A tribute to the late Danish director Gabriel Axel, BABETTE’S FEAST is the paramount legacy left by him to us, an Academy BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE winner, a chant implies us what sense of taste could evoke a religious epiphany. It is a ritually ceremonious fare renders us warmth and serenity without the customary sanctimony or doctrinaire preaching, a crowd-pleaser dauntingly satiates the audience’s aesthetics irrespective of their religious disparities.
A dour and self-sacrificing manner of living in an isolated village, Flippa (Kjer) and Martine (Federspiel) are two spinster sisters adhere to the holy cause of their late father (Kern), sermonize local believers. Narrated by a poised and tranquilizing voiceover, through Flippa and Martine’s episodic and never-fully-blossomed romance with two…
A love song to faith, food and friendship, this film must have been crafted and honed by Gabriel Axel, not just made for profit. I first saw this film 4 years ago, when I was at university; on seeing it again, it struck me how truly pure and devout the sisters are to their faith and their father's memory. When Babette arrives, heartbroken and homeless, they take her in and she becomes their kind, hard-working cook, as dedicated to them as the sisters are to their small community. The food becomes a symbol of unity and forgiveness; old quarrels are put aside, broken marriages are healed and friends restored, all over a French meal that would surely put some so-called celebrity chefs to shame. Bravo.
Ordet with lots of foods!
The first two-thirds of this film are bleak and suppressing due to the heavy religious authoritarianism in the film's small Danish village. But, this serves as a beautiful contrast to the artistic and fulfilling feast that Babette prepares as a gift to the sullen townspeople. The unrestrained effect of this grand meal on the humble villagers is profound and even spiritual.
Not very realistic depiction of cooking but looked really tasty
the singing scenes really got me
This is definitely not my kind of movie. That's my friendly disclaimer. I ultimately gave this three stars because it's short and good-natured, but my generosity shouldn't fool you into believing that I enjoyed it (in the normal sense of enjoyment).
Babette's Feast is one of those stately and 'respectable' (but also somewhat dull) foreign dramas that had crossover appeal in the 80s and 90s—not so much because they were exceptional in any way, but because they were accessible.
Let me tell you some of things about it that bothered me:
1. I was repulsed listening to all those oldsters making eating noises at the dinner table during the eponymous feast. The all-too-intimate sounds of mastication, clanging silverware, swallowing, and…
Denne danske klassikaren satte eg på med høge forventingar. Etter ti minutt var eg så skuffa eg nesten skrudde av. Dialogen er så svulstig at sjølv Andrew Lloyd Webber antageligvis ville bli flau.
Heldigvis er sjølve gjestebude ein så fantastik sekvens at det er verd å sjå filmen for den åleine. Husk at plottet er at to ugifte prestedøtre lar ei parisisk dame på rømmen frå revolusjon i Frankriket bu sjå dei mot at hu hjelper med matlaging og vasking. Den franske husholdersken vinner så i lotto og ber om lov til å få lage ein fest for den lokale menigheten. Og så kan du hoppe over den første halvparten filmen.
Filmen er mest for spesielt interesserte, men like du å lage mat så anbefaler eg på det sterkaste å sjå siste del av filmen. Eg er glad eg har sett den!
Første del av filmen fortjener ei halv stjerne. Siste del 5.
- 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.