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Babette's Feast (Widescreen)

Stéphane Audran , Bodil Kjer , Gabriel Axel    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, literate, gentle film-making Aug. 1 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A tale of passions and art thwarted and brought to life, with lovely photography, and solid performances.

The charming story of two spinster sisters in a dour, religious Danish town who take in a French political refugee. After years of working for these women, with gratitude and gentleness, but little expressed emotion, the woman (Stephane Audran) uses lottery money she wins not to return to France, or to start her own life, but to create a feast, bringing back her own lost artistry as one of France's great chefs.

In spite of their promise not to get swept up in the food, the locals slowly succumb to it's sublime mix of the sacred and the sensual.

All of this is sweet, interesting, entertaining and well told, but for me there's also something a tiny bit thin about it. It feels like a short story stretched to feature length (which it is), and I didn't find it quite as moving emotionally as I wished. Many like it more than me, but to me it's a lovely, well-told, worthwhile film, but not quite a great one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Original June 12 2001
Format:DVD
The story unfolds in a small, seaside Danish village. We watch patiently as the minister and his two lovely daughters lead their church and community through enlightenment and devout prayer. Rather than seeking marriage or fame, the sisters' faith and devotion to God keep them in this picturesque little hamlet well into late age, long after the minister's passing. At the request of a dear friend, the sisters are urged to take in a Parisian refuge in an effort to save her life during her government's turmoil. Babette becomes cook and housekeeper for the ladies.
Many years later, Babette learns she's won the Paris lottery and decides to host a feast for the kindly sisters and the community that took her in. Though slow moving at first, the story gradually picks up momentum, interest and laughs along the way. The highlight is in the preparation and presentation of the feast itself; to the simple people of the village who have never before experienced such an exotic fare. Unbeknownst to everyone, Babette was the head chef at one of Paris' foremost restaurants and a personal favorite of Parisian royalty and dignitaries.
A delightful film and a treasure for any international collector. The characters are realistically wonderful and cast beautifully. While filled with many charming moments and excellent performances, the entire film is an absolute delight and highly suitable for family viewing. Although some parents may be hesitant to introduce a foreign language film (with subtitles) to their children, it has been my personal experience that children can embrace the important elements, plot and humor of this film, irrespective of individual reading proficiencies. This film was purchased at the urging of our children and says a lot for the uniqueness and originality of Babette's Feast. A true delight for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eternal celebration to the friendship! July 10 2004
Format:DVD
Babette is a film which inspires you to to be a better person. It's a splendid story about the last possibilities of a lonely human being as Stephane Audran is capable to do in a community.
The multiple readings you can make are countless ; the camera is a silent witeness to show us the unforgettable dinner in what Audran makes a tour de force acting. We had to expect thirteen years for finding out a similar film in its meaning: Amelie in 2001.
The question is not if you must to acquire this movie ; but how can you live without this one?
One of the ten movies from the eighties : A timeless gift from Dennmark to the whole world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I don't know about you, but I LOVE to have experiences that just fill me with joy. Even better, if it's an experience that is easily shared, I like sharing it with my friends and loved ones. This film is one of those experiences. This DVD is an excellent transfer and you can just SMELL the feast that Babette is cooking up in the centerpiece of the story. But the story isn't about the feast any more than "Casablanca" is about a city in Morocco. The story is about sacrifice and friendship and honor. Many characters in this film make difficult choices during their lives, and although you don't necessarily see regret over and over, you can plainly see silent reflective thoughts about "what might have been".
If movies are shown in heaven, I would guess that the group of angels gathered in front of the current showing of "Babette's Feast" is a large one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I WISH I COULD EXPLAIN March 6 2003
Format:DVD
I WISH I COULD EXPLAIN WHY I WOULD GIVE THIS MOVIE 5 STARS. I CANT IMAGINE THAT I CAN BE MESMERIZED BY A 20 MINUTE SCENE OF PEOPLE EATING BUT I CANT TAKE MY EYES OF THE SCREEN, AND ITS FOREIGN ALSO!!!
LIKE I SAID I CANT EXPLAIN HOW THIS MOVIE SUCKED ME IN AND I DONT EVEN KNOW IF I CAN RECOMMEND IT BUT ANY MOVIE WERE I CAN SIT AND WATCH PEOPLE EAT AND BE FASCINATED DESERVES 5 STARS FROM ME
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babette's Feast Dec 16 2010
Format:DVD
This film was out of print, but the outfit that sold it was excellent. The film arrived just days after I had first ordered it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babette's Feast worth the calories June 25 2010
By Tateena
Format:DVD
A classic, an enduring metaphor ... knowing the ending doesn't make it less delicious ' just like any great meal that you anticipate because you have enjoyed it time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Movie Jan. 23 2010
By M. Finn
Format:DVD
This movie was so wonderful. I recommend it to anyone who appreciates good food and wine. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appetizing
A difficult viewing for some modern North American movie viewers, but I find it quaint, beautiful, and thought-provoking. Read more
Published on March 18 2008 by Professor T
5.0 out of 5 stars So, theyre just, like, eating?
You dont see alot of movies where the whole third act consist of 12 old men and women sitting at a table, barely talking. Read more
Published on July 8 2007 by C. Torpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful thanksgiving story
Barbette a refugee from another world, seeks a simple life as a cook in a simple village. Both she and the villagers learn from each other. Read more
Published on March 31 2007 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
This movie is my favorite ever. The scenery is beautiful, the acting is extraordinary, the narration is poetic. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just a "Food Movie"
I'm a sucker for food films like "eat, drink, man, woman" and "Like Water for Chocalate", etc. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by S. Sommerville
5.0 out of 5 stars " I HAVE NO MORE MONEY"
When you hear those words your heart immediately begins to melt. what is Grace? An unmerited favor. Babette gave ALL she had to bring joy and happiness in the lives of others. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, delicious, beautiful
Toward the end of this beautiful movie, the origin of the title becomes clear. Babette, a refugee, has spent 14 years as a cook in the home of two fervently religious sisters who... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by Peggy Vincent
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