Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast)
Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) (1987)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a simple film of great feeling and generosity

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A pleasant but overgenerous and predictable film, so eager to embrace the good in people that it never fully succeeds as drama.

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Dan Jardine

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?

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Robyn Karney
Radio Times

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

essentially a fable ... stands the test of time

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Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

While Babette's Feast is bleak, and often ponderous and stony, it eventually resolves as a moving hymn to art.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Light, frothy and sweet on the tongue, but lacking nutrition.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This film is nothing less than a flawless, sublime masterpiece, so perfectly directed and never ceasing to surprise us at how its fabulous script holds so much… More
Dan Schultz
One of the longest hour and forty minute films I've ever sat through. The movie wasn't primarily my cup of tea (ha!), but I respect certain aspects of… More
Robert C
This film really moved me when I first saw it many years ago. I just rewatched it and I think that I enjoyed it even more this time around. On the surface… More
Tom Ericksen
You can't watch this movie on an empty stomach -- When it first came out, in Minneapolis, You could actually by Babette's Feast for about $50!
Jeremy Smith
Set in a rugged fishing village in 1871 Denmark, shows the impact of a French housekeeper (Stephane Audran) on two pious sisters who carry on their late… More
John Ballantine
One of the greatest films ever to win the Academy's Best Foreign Language Film. Also one of the best depictions of the use of a meal to bring people… More