Babette's Feast (1987)

  • Drama
  • 1h 43m

Twenty-five years on, the story is still charming and beguiling.” - The Guardian

There’s love and elegance, delicacy even, in the way Axel narrates this story about friendship and gratitude.” -El Pais

At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.

Director

Gabriel Axel

Language

Danish

Country

Denmark

Studio

Criterion