Babette’s Feast



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Gabriel Axel directs his own script based on the short story by Karen Blixen (Blixen also wrote the memoir Out of Africa, on which the film of the same name was based). This is a period costume drama set in Denmark in the 1800s. Two sisters (played by Bodil Kjer and Birgitte Federspiel) grow up in a small rural community and sacrifice their youth to care for their aging father, a minister. When he dies, they continue on in the village to maintain the small congregation. They take in a young immigrant, Babette (Stéphane Audran) as a servant. But Babette becomes more than that, as the story swirls around spiritual, humanitarian, and relationship themes. Cinematographer Henning Kristiansen captures the time period with haunting light and shadows, mirrored in the beautiful score by Per NØrgaard. When we get to the sumptuous closing feast, it is not Danish cuisine, but French. The movie won the Academy Award in 1988 for Best Foreign Language Film.