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…
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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…
A pensive reflection of the artist's role in religion, Babette's Feast is an elegantly shot and richly detailed film. When a French cook moves in with the two aging daughters of a small Danish town's founding father (priest), she brings a vivid life to the languid and grey town. Refusing pay, Babette cooks and cleans for the sisters who were gracious enough to take her in. 14-years pass, and Babette…
Ljuvlig och delikat i dess presentation av en överdådig festmåltid som förstärker både sinne, kropp och själ.
Jarl Kulle skiner i sitt hjärtliga och sanna tal under middagen, men även systrarna för med sig humanitet och ödmjukhet till den dystra kustbyn, dock förhöjs deras existens då Babette anländer och bidrar med en hjälpande och omtänksam styrka. Tveksamhet och besvikelse över livets val ligger sjudande i samvetet, men en vind av vitalitet kan förändra allt.
Den omtänksamt tillagade middagen återger liv…
This parable of legalism, grace and art is far from subtle, but that doesn't rob it of its beauty. A glorious, warm movie that I suspect means even more to those like me who grew up surrounding by entrenched religious legalism.
As one of those movies about "the true spirit of Christianity" this is pretty broad in spots, kind of a Mom movie, but I love it just the same. It's hard not to when it's not taking itself nearly as seriously as you'd think a film set in a strict 19th century Danish religious community would. One of the best moments comes when the resident cook, a mysterious French woman, decides she's going to cook an elaborate meal that is…