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Babette's Feast (1989)
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Starring: Stephane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel, Ebbe Rode, Jarl Kulle, Bibi Anderson, Bodil Kjer, Jean - Philippe Lafont
Director: Gabriel Axel
Category: Drama, Foreign
Studio: MGM / UA
Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French
Length:
103 mins

 
 

 

Academy Award Winner -- Best Foreign Language Film

Artistic, sensual and sacred passions unite in Babette's Feast. Written and directed by Gabriel Axel, from a short story by Out of Africa's Isak Dinesen, this Oscar-winning film offers "an irresistible mixture of dry wit and robust humanity" (Newsweek).

On the desolate coast of Denmark live Martina and Philippa, the beautiful daughters of a devout clergyman who preaches salvation through self-denial. Both girls sacrifice youthful passion to faith and duty, and even many years after their father's death, they keep his austere teachings alive among the townspeople. But with the arrival of Babette, a mysterious refugee from France's civil war, life for the sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Soon, Babette has convinced them to try something truly outrageous - a gourmet French meal! Her feast, of course, scandalizes the local elders. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure?