Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast

By Gabriel Axel

  • Genre: Gabriel Axel
  • Release Date: 2012-12-14
  • Advisory Rating: U
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Gabriel Axel
  • Production Company: Unique Features
  • iTunes Price: GBP 4.49
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49


When Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly let her in, providing her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever… Evoking the work of other great Scandinavian directors such as Bergman and Dreyer, but with a uniquely joyous, exuberant touch, this tale of everyday passion - of the human capacity to create and to love - is a mouthwatering ode to the glory of life from one of cinema’s true originals.



  • I can watch this film over and over

    By glams1508
    This is one of the greatest movies I have seen. I was recommended the movie whilst living in Australia and only had it on VHS!! So to find it here is brilliant. Such a touching story with so many other stories interwoven. Acting superb.
  • One of cinema's great masterpieces.

    By ramamarx
    I'm surprised the description doesn't mention this won an Academy Award or that it consistently turns up in lists of the greatest films ever made but ok. Based on a novel by Isaak Denisen (otherwise known as Karen Von Blixen who Meryl Streep so memorably portrayed in 'Out of Africa'), the story revolves around two kindly, devoutly religious sisters in a remote Danish village and the enigmatic French woman that turns up one day seeking their refuge and who, over time, rewards their kindness with a meal for their hearts and souls. A deceptively simple story, it explores the great themes of life - the eternity of love and hope, the sacrifices of faith and duty, and the rewards of friendship and kindness - in ways that are as subtly engaging and sublimely sophisticated as the beautifully prepared cuisine Babette serves to a community openly reluctant to enjoy it but who quietly relish its joys all the same. A profoundly intelligent but gentle exploration of the importance of never forgetting that whether you believe in a creator or not, life is a great feast that is set before you so enjoy it whilst it's lived. Perfect, memorable, and as beautifully elegant as the mastery of Babette's magnificent meal. Amongst the very best, most thought-provoking, and superb films you will ever see.
  • There are many good films...

    By The Spatial Planner
    But this is amongst the greatest. A film that repays watching time and again over the years. I first came across it around 1990 or 91 when it was broadcast around Christmas having won international acclaim. At that time I only really noticed the Feast scene which is absolutely brilliantly constructed, just watch how the Officer is used to convey what the dialogue cannot intrude upon. Upon viewing it again more recently (with greater maturity of years of course) the strength of the whole film has become more apparent. It has improved with the years jsut as have the fine wines served at the meal. I dont have much time for the concept of favourites - it is just two shallow in most cases except in this one. This is my favourite film.