Babette's Feast

Director:   Gabriel Axel
Year:   1987
Language:   Danish and French (with English subtitles)
Time:   102 minutes

Set in a Danish seaside town in 19th century Denmark, a Parisian woman refugee arrives to work for two sisters who lead austere lives as they carry on the work of their stern Lutheran minister father. Babette learns to cook the plain unseasoned food of the area but ultimately prepares a sensuous French feast from her lottery winnings as an expression of her love of life and those around her. Based on the book by Karen Blixen (also known as Isak Dineson).

Rated G.


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