Babette’s Feast (1987)

Director: Gabriel Axel

Stars: Stéphane Audran (Babette), Bodil Kjer (Filippa), Birgitte Federspiel (Martine)

Genre: Drama

Entertainment : ❤❤❤❤

Pluck. Roast. Bake. Drink. Bite.

Set in a small fishing village in Denmark (1871), two pious sisters take Babette, a French cook and housekeeper, under their wing.

In Babette’s Feast, Gabriel Axel depicted the stiffness of a religious village revolutionized by divine cooking. More than a simple celebration of fine cuisine, the movie was a sublime hymn of artists. Through caricatures, the film certainly satirized some excessive aspects of Christian beliefs; but it never felt like mockery.

I definitely recommend this movie, as a French artist, in love with my country’s cuisine. It’s an hour and half long and the pace is quite slow, but the film did not give me the chance to divert my attention. Babette’s Feast is a sublime hidden gem!

Style : ★ ★ ★ ★

Babette’s Feast was an incredibly unique work of art in terms of aesthetics. Many indoor shots and color choices were seemingly inspired by Danish paintings from the nineteenth century; delicate shades of blue, grey and speckles of amber. Genius.

The cast was also great. Since the characters in the story evolved from adults to elders, each character was paired with two actors. There was a great effort offered by the cast in order to successfully merge these actors into one.

I believe the only negative point in Babette’s Feast was soundtrack. In my opinion, Per Nørgård’s modern music does not adhere with the film’s atmosphere. Babette’s Feast is set in the nineteenth century. When the movie first started, I expected Brahms or Schubert; I expected the delicate melody of a piano solo or violin. Instead, I was greeted by dry rhythmical percussion. This negative aspect is however quite minor, as the soundtrack wasn’t very much present throughout the movie.

“Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me the chance to do my very best.” Babette’s Feast (1987)

“An artist is never poor.” Babette’s Feast (1987)

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