in about 100 words or less
Denmark 102m, Colour
Director: Gabriel Axel: Cast: Stéphane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel, Bodil Kjer, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont
Babette’s Feast is an inspirational tale of self-sacrifice, humility, and love which follows the lives of two devout sisters who selflessly carry on their deceased father’s spiritual work among his small and aged christian congregation. The story is set in a remote late 19th Jutland fishing village, where we unexpectedly find Babette, a French woman living in exile as the sister’s live-in cook. Upon winning 10,000 francs in a French lottery, Babette decides to repay the sister’s kindness by preparing a celebratory authentic “French” meal to mark the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth. Initially viewed with some trepidation, and even fear, the strange but incredibly sumptuous meal serves to bring a sense of closure to the sister’s unfulfilled loves and meaning to their self-sacrifice in ways that they could never have imagined (Klaus Ming December 2009).