• Chloe1

    ★★½ Watched by Chloe1 18 Apr, 2016

    I think a film has to earn your patience rather than patience coming as a given. If there's a character you're enjoying, or beautiful cinematography, or it's particularly well written, a languorous pace can be a good thing.

    None of that was true for me here, and I did find it hard to get through. Most of the other negative reviews mention how the first 2/3 are far inferior to the finale and I concur- I enjoyed the film's final…

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  • Michael Martin

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Michael Martin 29 Feb, 2016

    A gorgeous film about the beauty of human kindness and the joy of good food. Two elderly religious sisters living on Denmark’s Jutland peninsula take in Babette, who has fled France after her husband and son are killed as a result of civil strife. After several years of living with the sisters and working as their cook, Babette receives news from France that she won ten thousand francs in a lottery. Meanwhile, the sisters have planned to host a celebratory…

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  • JC

    ★★ Rewatched by JC 28 Mar, 2016 7

    Film #11: Denmark - *Part of the 2016 March Around the World Letterboxd Challenge*

    Sorry to Jonnie & (especially Lise)..... this 2* review still stands.

    I will say the final 35-40 minutes was successful in making me hungry for a fine French dinner, and was heartwarming in the table's changes in perception and appreciation of a full life - thanks to general Lorens of the Queens Court in Paris. But the rest of the film, showing sisters Martine & Philippa living peacefully…

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  • winona

    ★★★★★ Watched by winona 04 Apr, 2016

    what a delicious little film

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  • Sean Whiteman

    Watched by Sean Whiteman 29 Mar, 2016

    With Brian and Shannon. Great pace, tone and spirit. Puritanical dream sequence freakout (in the face of French cooking) was the highlight.

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  • naughty budgie

    Watched by naughty budgie 29 Mar, 2016

    fucking long time coming for me and babette's feast.

    with sean and brian (brian's suggestion)

    heather haviland recommended this movie to me when i was 21, now i'm 26 almost 27 and i finally feel like i understand her, and why

    babette's an artist, babette has a way

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  • sbernstein9

    ★★★★ Watched by sbernstein9 27 Mar, 2016

    One of both mom and dad's top movies.  Nicely subverted my expectations. I was ready for a really stuffy affair (which I got, to some extent), but then a few vibrant characters totally shake up the stuffy people and suddenly I was laughing with the film at the absurdity of the uppity religious die-hards. The three of us had a nice discussion about it, each with a different favorite theme. It's not very complex or challenging, but it's a nice…

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  • ReedRothchild

    ★★★★ Watched by ReedRothchild 14 Mar, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Babette's Feast is structured as a long build-up before a great pay-off. The narrative mostly exists in the service of the ending. For this reason, the film begins with a number of scenes that feel inorganic, a voiceover encouraging viewers to consider a number of events that at that point are unrelated. However, any clumsiness can be forgiven for the extended titular scene. It had to jump through a number of hoops to get there but the ending is fantastic.…

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  • ThomasBomas3

    ★★★★ Watched by ThomasBomas3 14 Mar, 2016

    One of Pope Francis' favourite films, and it's not hard to see why. It has enough deep themes to stimulate the mind, but overall is quite simple and easily enjoyable. It may take its time to really get going but it has the right balance of humour and very well fleshed out characters. Some films may have a fight or and argument for the third act climax, but this film has a feast instead. One that's bound to leave you hungry and craving food you know you can't afford.

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  • Brian McLain

    ★★★★ Watched by Brian McLain 24 Mar, 2016

    Maundy Thursday viewing after a belly full of pasta and wine.

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  • slyman

    ★★★★ Watched by slyman 14 Mar, 2016

    "Throughout the world sounds one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me the chance to do my very best."

    A beautiful, mouthwatering Film Society treat.

    Two word review: Culinary cinema

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  • sharky_55

    ★★★★½ Added by sharky_55

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A grandmother, I presume, narrates Babette's Feast with a fairytale-like presence and charm. It is old fashioned like that, based on the short story from Karen Blixen, and the two central sisters reflect this. Flashbacks establish their devout nature and piousness. Martine is courted by a young soldier, handsome and ambitious, who later becomes an important figure in the Queen's court. Philippa by a marvellously talented singer whom has become depressed by the constant travel and only wants to settle…

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