Babette's feast

Babette's feast

DVD - 2001 | Danish
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A French chef who lives and works in a small Danish religious community spends her prize winnings on an incredible meal for the entire village.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2001], c1987.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780792848394
079284839X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 09, 2017

Really outstanding movie- you should have something on hand to nibble as this movie WILL make you hungry.

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ralwal
Dec 31, 2016

Second time watching this movie.

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TheSandoz
Sep 16, 2016

This is a really beautiful and moving film- watch it.

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Hypatya
Sep 16, 2016

Seamless! Lots of subtle details.
Now, this is a classic!

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dprodrig
Dec 23, 2015

I really liked the pace and the humour in this.

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rationallady
Aug 27, 2015

I enjoyed the film. I'd also recommend the extra disc on the author, pen name Isak Dinesen, real name Karen Blixen. Very moving.

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JackPurcell
Jun 05, 2015

Maybe a bit slow moving and a person will need the subtitles for English translation. I stopped watching several times, then went back to it. Glad I did, too.

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Old_Toto
May 04, 2015

Old_toto enjoyed your comments and agrees in various degrees with all. Finding the photography, the characters, the costumes and sets, the action, particularly the food and drink preparation and kitchen management skills of the heroine completely superior to most movies, a high rating was given. Detraction was given for a few minor weaknesses in the story.

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oldfryup
Apr 28, 2015

Simply overrated for my tastes.
I sympathise with other comments but I found it real work to watch till the end.Try 'My fathers Glory' if feel good is what you like.

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pegasus71
Nov 03, 2013

This is a beautiful and unusually magical film, slowly but surely drawing one into its story of transformation. The elaborate French feast which Babette prepares for the two sisters and the villagers serves as an instrument of reconciliation and transformation for all of those involved including Babette herself. The director, Gabriel Axel, treats the subject with simplicity and subtlety,capturing a sense of the conflict between sacred and profane in the villagers' lives and how that conflict ultimately achieves resolution.

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sukogh
Apr 01, 2015

Well worth the watch. Has the flavor of O. Henry: masterful story-telling, some surprises. Great take-aways. Written by "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen. This one is fiction and 'out of Denmark.' Nevertheless, you can hear the Baroness's voice, esp. thru the general, towards the end of the story. Thoughtful yet fun at the same time.

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pegasus71
Nov 03, 2013

The tale involves two sisters living together in a tiny village along a rugged stretch of Danish coastline. At the outset of the film, the very attractive young girls assist their father who is the local Lutheran minister in his pastoral duties, seeing after a few old and indigent villagers. In the process they live celibate lives, spurning the advances of suitors. The film then flash forwards to the present some 35 years later where the minister father has died and the two much older and now spinster daughters are continuing the pastoral duties of caring for the villagers. Now enters Babette, a refugee from French civil strife who has been sent to the village for her safety. Some fifteen years pass by and the sisters consider a dinner in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth, a gesture designed to hopefully heal the dissension and rifts which have occurred among the villagers over the years without the active guidance of the minister. As a gesture of appreciation to the support she has received from the two sisters over the years, Babette offers to plan and cook the entire commemorative dinner as a classic French feast.

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