Babette's Feast details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Stephane Audran, Bibi Andersson, Jean-Phillippe La Font, Jarl Kulle|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Netherlands vs Denmark|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Jul 2002|
|Main languages:||French, Danish, Swedish|
|Dubbed:||English, French, Italian, Danish|
|Subtitles:||English, French, Italian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
Most helpful review
Magnificent...By Kevin Towers from London , 02 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A stranger arrives in an austere, Scandinavian community where dried fish is the mainstay...comes into some money and blows the lot on the most magnificent feast you've ever seen...If 'Ready, Steady, Cook' makes your mouth water, this will have you booking a table at Gordon Ramsay's or the Fat Duck before you can say 'quails in sarcophogus'...An exquisite film.
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Not Grimm but sensuous.By stewbob (17 reviews) , 02 Dec 2013This could have been a kind of Nordic fairy tale. There was something almost unworldly about it. A good story showing how lives can become invisible when overshadowed by religious dogma, but awakened by sensuality in the shape of almost fabulous food.
Very good filmBy a customer , 07 Nov 2013It is a impressive film, because it shows how prejudices can be superated by sharing food, very good food. The people from the village are oppressed by a religious dictator, even after his death. What I dislike is the merchandising of french goods.
A Gentle Tour de ForceBy Lewishamguy (27 reviews) , 23 Oct 2013What makes this film special is its brilliant evocation of village life in a remote Danish community ruled by an unbelievably oppressive religious conservatism. Enter Babette, a refugee from the French Revolution and a celebrated cook, whose feast, prepared at great personal expense, brings unprecedented pleasure to the locals, though they barely show it. May not sound much like a super story, but the acting is so realistic and compelling that this is a terrific film well worth seeing.
A view of human nature and the healing power of foodBy a customer , 24 Jul 2013I enjoyed this film. It is a very original idea, a remote scandanavian village, full of eccentrics who live very safe, yet mundane lives, but under the surface there runs the usual undercurrents of dissatisfaction, regret and petty jealousies. Yet an outsider using the medium of food gives both pleasure and peace to this small community. I liked the style of the film particularly, it reminded me of a fairy story the way it was narrated. Very different, intriguing, it compelled me to watch to the end!
I've seen better filmsBy a customer , 19 Jul 2013It was quite good and kept me watching though I got a bit bored here and there, but when I had finished it I thought why had I bothered. I wouldn't watch it again, and that is the acid test for me.