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…
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…
I do imagine this film will grow for every viewing.
Before I get into Babette's Feast (you can tell this is real turtle soup), a word about format. I grew up in the early days of the VHS era and have only faint childhood memories of seeing a movie on film projected after it had left the theaters (I saw Return of the Jedi at a campground this way but maybe in 1987. It screwed me up because I hadn't seen the others before that - it took me a…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #2 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #1 : A Food themed film!
Babette's Feast is a cinematic feast for your soul as much as it was a feast for the "fine dining challenged" villager's whom often sit down to nothing more than boiled "bread and ale" soup and are grateful for it!
It is a purposeful, methodically meandering tale that allows the characters room to breathe! I liken it to a 7 course meal, everything…
As films go Gabriel Axel's 'Babette's Feast' is as warm and benevolent as they come. It centres around two women who live in a town on the Jutland coast. They are the daughters of a minister who resist the temptation to leave the town via potential suitors in order to do good in their community. Years later they are greeted by a chef by the name of Babette, sent to them by one of the lovers whose fondness of…
Film #13: Denmark - *Part of the 30 Countries / 30 Days Letterboxd Challenge for March 2015*
Sooo I quickly realized two things:
1) This is not the kind of movie to start at 10pm on Monday night after a long weekend and a busy day.
2) This was quickly falling in line with other films that didn't work for me - Barry Lyndon, The Age of Innocence, Once Upon A Time in America, The Leopard, and The Life & Death…
Gabriel Axel is back with "Three Girls in Paris II: We'll Always At Least Parisian Food"! Alright, now for the less esoteric reference: "Breakfast at Babette's"! Actually, this is a dinner, but, shoot, there's no wrong time in the day for a Danish at a meal; nyuk-nyuk-nyuk. I joke, but I was expecting the big twist to be that the titular Babette Hersant was no poor servant girl, but an agent for France's food industry who headed this historical epic…