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Babette’s Feast (1987)Babette’s Feast (1987)

Babette’s Feast (1987)

Is there anything to be gained from a life of modesty?

Comedy, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.3

movie

d, Denmark

Danish, French, Hungarian

Dramatic, Heart-warming, Lovely

1987

Gabriel Axel

Asta Esper Hagen Andersen, Axel Strøbye, Bendt Rothe

102 min

Synopsis

A French housekeeper with a mysterious past brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late 19th century Denmark.

Our Take

8.3
Gerald Cajayon

Sisters Martine and Filippa, daughters of a founder of a religious sect, live a simple and quiet life in a remote coastal village in Denmark. Throughout the course of their lives, they reject possible romances and fame as part of their commitment to deny earthly attachments. This is upended by the sudden arrival of a French immigrant named Babette, who served as their house help to escape the civil war raging in her country.

Babette’s Feast is an inquiry into simplicity and kindness, and whether these would be sufficient to achieve a life of contentment. The religious undertones perfectly fit with the film’s parable-like structure, where bodily and spiritual appetites are satisfied through a sumptuous feast of love, forgiveness, and gratitude.

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