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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Babette's Feast (1987)

A tale of two sisters, pious pastor's daughters, and their French housekeeper and cook, Babette (Stéphane Audran). As the decades go by the sisters, Filippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martine (Birgitte Federspiel), dutifully continue their father's religious work, while Babette remains just as dedicated to hers.
Based on a short story by Karen Blixen, Dir. Gabriel Axel's film is a drama with a wonderfully warm and uplifting comical side to it. The feast of the title nourishes in a way that food prepared without genuine heartfelt purpose can't ever hope to achieve, for both the characters and the viewer.
It doesn't feel like a film made in the late 80s; its timeless beauty is as refreshing and as satisfying today as when it was first released.

4½ possibilities out of 5

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