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Babette's Feast (Widescreen)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont
  • Directors: Gabriel Axel
  • Writers: Gabriel Axel, Karen Blixen
  • Producers: Benni Korzen, Bo Christensen, Just Betzer, Pernille Siesbye
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,874 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Special Features

New interview with actor Stéphane Audran. Karen Blixen: Storyteller, a 1995 documentary about the author of the film’s source story, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen. New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda. New interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture. Trailer. An essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 1 2011
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 By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela on 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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You dont see alot of movies where the whole third act consist of 12 old men and women sitting at a table, barely talking. And you dont see alot of movies where a whole act of 12 old people barely talking will have you laughing, crying and restoring your faith in art - but this is what you get when you take one of the worlds best storytellers and the 12 best danish actors. Alot has been said and written about faith in Babettes Feast (be it faith in art or in God, the story can be read either ways), and indeed youll get so carried away by the depth and elegance of the story and the miraculous feast, that its easy to overlook the other big miracle in this movie: the acting. Bodil Kjer and Birgitte Federspiel, for many years the leading ladies of danish cinema, deliver pitch perfect performances, and so does the rest of the cast - the play with grace, intelligence and humour. For religious movie buffs (or fans of Scandinavian cinema in general) pay special attention to the wonderful Preben Lehrdorff Rye (of Dreyers "Ordet") and Lisbeth Movin (of Dreyers "Days of Wrath") in a small romantic subplot!
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By B. Chandler TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 31 2007
Format: DVD
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. As luck would have it Barbette wins the lottery. She decides to give back something to the simple people that took her into their society in the form of a feast. She gives more than they realize.

This film has a depth that allows everyone to acquire something of value from its viewing.

It is exceptionally beautiful from a cinematic level. The story on the surface is strait forward. There are many underlying meanings, some universal and others will be personal to the viewer.

However some people could interpret that Barbette was doing something weird. Some may think it was sacrilegious as some of the people of the village saw it. Others may see this as she was showing off. Still others that with all of her winnings she was cheap to just give them a meal.

The decision not to eat the stuff is played out in other movies as "Theodora Goes Wild" where they are not going to meet a train. Again in "Chocolat" they suspected an ulterior motive. But this movie is more moving when you find out the truth behind the gesture and the cost.
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By Paul on March 18 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is my favorite ever. The scenery is beautiful, the acting is extraordinary, the narration is poetic. Babette's feast is not some "movie with a message" otherwise it wouldn't be any good. But it's so real and poignant that much truth can be seen in it, spiritual truth and insights which shed light onto human nature. The relationships are very natural and believable, but the style of narration keeps the story from any kind of overly-subjective viewpoint which infects many movies which delve into human relationships. The actions and conversations arise very naturally and advance the plot superbly.
Another thing which I love about the movie is that it reveals something about the nature of good, evil, grace and redemption. None of the acting characters in the movie are "evil"; however many are infected with smaller sins of pettiness, lack of generosity, glorying in the defeat of others, scrupulosity, jealousy, etc. This movie shows how these defects - small but many - have taken all the joy and pleasure out of life for those suffering under them and that to forgive and be forgiven is necessary to restore the joy of life. Grace, in this case the gift of Babette, is necessary to occasion the redemptive action.
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