Babette's Feast

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Panorama Film A/S Released 1987

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Director:
Gabriel Axel
Released:
1987
Rating:
G

Babette's Feast is the Academy Award winning foreign film about food, faith and family. In the late 1800s, Babette Hersant (Stephane Audran), a French Catholic, needs to leave Paris because of political unrest. She finds refuge in a small, Protestant town in Denmark with two elderly, devout women Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), who take her on as a housekeeper and cook. The older women are the spinster daughters of the town minister, now deceased. They were once beautiful and talented, but opted to devote their lives to religion rather than marry or pursue fame. They live an austere life, even though their father is long dead. When Babette has some unexpected good fortune, she wants to cook the ladies and the townsfolk a feast, in contrast to the bland, usual fare. In spite of their concerns, the sisters agree as long as it is a celebration of their father's 100th birthday. The celebration will have surprises beyond the culinary in this film based on a story by Isak Dineson.

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