• Gert Verbeek

    ★★★★ Watched by Gert Verbeek 08 Mar, 2013

    Babette’s Feast is sinds kort opgepoetst en in het juiste beeldformaat beschikbaar op DVD en Blu-ray, (voorlopig?) alleen als Britse import. Ik had de Deense Oscarwinnaar uit 1987 nog niet eerder gezien. De locatie aan de kust, de kostuums en de protestante personages doen heel erg denken aan Carl Theodor Dreyers Ordet (1955). Drie acteurs uit Ordet spelen een rol in Babette’s Feast, Birgitte Federspiel zelfs in een van de hoofdrollen als de oude Martine die samen met haar zus…


  • Ingmar

    ★★★½ Watched by Ingmar 13 Apr, 2014

    Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast is a slow-moving glance at the joyless lifestyle deliberately adopted by the inhabitants of a small village in 19th century Denmark. The breathtakingly un-modern lifestyle to which these people lived is so foreign to the viewer that it takes a very ingenious and well-developed script to establish it in an understandable light. The result is a film that I would go as far as to call "beautiful".

    As we've learned from film after film, the Scandinavian…


  • Nathannnnn Phillipssssss

    ★★★½ Watched by Nathannnnn Phillipssssss 10 Apr, 2014

    Having wanted to see this for many years, I admit I was both enchanted by and disappointed with it. The first two thirds are absolutely beguiling, but they seem to be setting up a story that never really arrives -- the feast itself, which is more amusingly awkward than appetizing, is the setup for what amounts to a bit of a shaggy dog joke. And maybe it's because I think the arbitrary pleasure-denying manifesto espoused by the sisters' father is…


  • Jeremy Ratzlaff

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jeremy Ratzlaff 07 Apr, 2014 7

    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…


  • ejeffb2004

    Watched by ejeffb2004 01 Apr, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Isaac Lee

    ★★★★ Watched by Isaac Lee 28 Feb, 2014

    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…


  • RedheadRoad

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by RedheadRoad 01 Mar, 2014

    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…


  • Thirdi Canggi

    ★★★★½ Watched by Thirdi Canggi 26 Feb, 2014

    Ordet with lots of foods!


  • pattp

    ★★★½ Watched by pattp 17 Feb, 2014

    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.


  • nathanielm

    ★★★★ Added by nathanielm

    Not very realistic depiction of cooking but looked really tasty


  • JBumgua

    ★★★★ Watched by JBumgua 05 Feb, 2014

    the singing scenes really got me


  • David M.K.

    ★★★ Watched by David M.K. 05 Feb, 2014

    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.