• Director

    Gabriel Axel

  • With

    Stéphane Audran, Jarl Julle, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel

  • Denmark-France 1987. 103min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

Gabriel Axel’s supremely inventive (and expansive) adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s short story relocates it to a bleak Jutland village where religious belief demands an ascetic approach to life’s pleasure – so when two elderly sisters take on a French cook, a surprise is in store. A wise, witty and wonderfully touching tale of different kinds of faith, not to mention hope, charity and creativity.

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