The film

Synopsis

When Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town, the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly let her in, providing her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever... Evoking the work of other great Scandinavian directors such as Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, but with a uniquely joyous, exuberant touch, this 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film winning tale of everyday passion - of the human capacity to create and to love - is a mouthwatering ode to the glory of life from one of cinema's true originals.

Director

Gabriel Axel

Details

DVD catalogue number: ART588DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART034BD

Awards

Winner of the 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
Winner of the 1989 BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language



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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Comedy, Drama

CERTIFICATE: U

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Axel

COUNTRIES: Denmark

LANGUAGES: French, Danish, Swedish

AWARDS:
Winner of the 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
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Reviews


  • “A superior example of foodie cinema”

    Tim Robey, The Telegraph


  • “Charming and beguiling”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “A flawless adaptation”

    Philip French, The Observer


  • “Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace”

    Philip Kemp, Total Film


  • “Impeccably mounted and played, this is gastro-cinema at its most sensual and intoxicating”

    David Parkinson, Empire


  • “Transcended the barriers of subtitles to capture the imagination of cinema-goers everywhere”

    Robin Karney, Radio Times

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