Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast)
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Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast)
The Danish/French Babette's Feast is based on a story by Isak Dinesen, also the source of the very different Out of Africa (1985). Stephane Audran plays Babette, a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish coastal town. Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), the elderly daughters of the town's long-dead minister, take Babette in. As revealed in flashback, Philippa and Martina were once beautiful young women (played by Hanne Stensgaard and Vibeke Hastrup), who'd forsaken their chances at romance and fame, taking hollow refuge in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"The acting is impeccable and the ambience suffused with delicate charm, but overall this doesn't aim at anything higher than Masterpiece Theatre or a Merchant-Ivory film."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"a simple film of great feeling and generosity"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's a flawless adaptation of the story Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Karen Blixen) wrote for a bet that she could be published in the popular middlebrow Saturday Evening Post."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Twenty-five years on, the story is still charming and beguiling."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"A pleasant but overgenerous and predictable film, so eager to embrace the good in people that it never fully succeeds as drama."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The film leaves us with a haunting echo of the roads not taken, as the characters ask themselves: have they made the most of their gifts?"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"The film began something of a vogue for food as an emblem of love in the cinema, but nothing has equalled it. Resist it if you can."
‑ Robyn Karney, Radio Times
"Melancholy bliss."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Undoubtedly the warmest of all Scandinavian films about religion."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"essentially a fable ... stands the test of time"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"Light, frothy and sweet on the tongue, but lacking nutrition."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Still good enough to eat."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A heartwarming feast for adults. May bore kids."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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