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Big screen classics

Babette’s Feast

+ intro by Tim Robey, film critic

Babettes gæstebud

The French cook of two pious elderly sisters conjures up a lavish banquet one magical evening.

Image from Babette’s Feast + intro

Denmark 1987
Dir Gabriel Axel
With Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle
English subtitles
Certificate U

Relocating Isak Dinesen’s 1870s-set story (inspired by The Tempest) to a hamlet on the windswept Jutland coast, Axel makes much of the contrast between the austere simplicity of two pious, elderly sisters’ lives and the miraculous banquet their French cook conjures up one magical evening. A funny, touching and finally mouthwatering fable about faith, missed opportunities and the good things in life.


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