Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud)
Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud) (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: August 28, 1987
DVD 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.

Dan Jardine

Babette's offering is a ritual sacrifice, intended to encourage the austere characters with the possibility that their material nourishment may provide spiritual sustenance as well.

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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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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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Peter Bradshaw

Twenty-five years on, the story is still charming and beguiling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This sublime ode to art, gift, love and grace should be remembered for its wonderful direction and a magnificent narrative that never ceases to surprise us with… 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