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Big screen classics

Babette’s Feast

Babettes gaestebud

A magical film about lost opportunities and the power of the senses.

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

Gabriel Axel’s superb adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s short story (itself inspired by The Tempest) concerns two elderly sisters living in a remote, ascetically religious Danish hamlet in the 1870s. How did they come to employ a Parisian chef (Audran) as their housekeeper? And how might she reward their kindness? A magical film about lost opportunities, the power of the senses, and the transformative nature of art.


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