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Babette's Feast (1987)
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Summary: 19th Century Joy of Cooking. Babette is a French cook that flees from her home to Danish village. Fun, let alone the joy of food, is not part of village until Babette starts cooking. (DuaneNeitzel)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Directed By: Gabriel Axel
AKA: Babettes gæstebud
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na SirRobbie
90
T10
A good meal can be a work of art. A true feast for the eyes.
na DDLima
100
T6
na oalerabelo
70
T4
na REDO1
80
T7
na postmodifier
85
T8
na parmesan
76
T6
na PeaceAnarchy
48
T1
Makeup is fantastic at aging the characters, but that's about all the praise I can give this. It's not often that a film can be both a sprawling mess as well as utterly simplistic and mundane, but this film manages it by taking paper thin characters, doing nothing with them, and cutting up the sequencing of events. It drags everywhere and it doesn't even seem to have a purpose.
na Zoltan
65
T6
na cncht37
6
T5
na micmac•
67
T6
na katsuben
4
T7
na finney28
90
T10
na pitn
95
T10
na moeta2
87
T8
na bium
79
T5
na Jarmann
85
T9
na snb
73
T7
na Henrik
60
T4
na nils
100
T10
na Holygrail2
95
T9
na screentime
86
T10
na Bushyman
80
T8
na lesintrigant
70
T6
na edwolfe
80
T6
na sakaerka
45
T1
na digitalmonk
80
T8
na redmdb
94
T10
na 8452f92d2b31
70
T6
na kr3
10
T3
na Tourist
80
T7
na kastenm
86
T10
na M_A
70
T7
na drzuhal
87
T7
na ktappe
38
T2
Good lord is this a slow movie. Perhaps it was trying to truly convey the slow life in a slow town in a slow society, but why torture your viewers? Also, it is all too easy to question the climax and why the characters do what they do--but the picture frustratingly asks none of the questions the viewer is dying to have it ask. This results in an ultimately unsatisfying production that is hard to recommend.
na Jazzaloha
83
T10
na mpayan
90
T10
na readingowl
80
T6
na oucho
70
T3
na teecee
70
T10
na nrm5
49
T3
na soraxtm
70
T6
na citizenzxc
68
T2
na elmakebabi
68
T6
na dresdres
3
T6
na 340
90
T8
na Risselada
75
T6
na MartinTeller
62
T3
Not awful, but predictable and unsatisfying. Chocolat might be something of a rip-off of this film, but I find it much more charming and likable. The dominant feeling I had during Babette's Feast was that it lacked authenticity. Everything felt staged and predestined, and the period recreation didn't ring true either. The photography was pretty, but only in a postcard sort of way. Also, some of the dishes Babette prepares look truly vile.
na Icarus
82
T8
The film's arc leads the viewer toward a fuller embrace of human life, one that includes both spiritual and material aspects. Set in the context of a Christian community, Babette's final meal serves as something like a Eucharistic rite, bringing the people together into a unified community and leading them to better embody their spiritual ideals. Overall, the narrative is a bit too pat and the visuals offer nothing remarkable, but the underlying idea motivating the film is still compelling.
na bentien
77
T9
How I could have missed this classic for so long time is beyond belief. But the Danish Oscar winner is every bit as compelling and beautifully made as one could have hoped for. Not as touching as the following Oscar winner, Peller erobreren, though.
na dharmabum
53
T4
na earthlydel
65
T3
na 2dumbblondes
100
T6
na paulofilmo
70
T7
Reassuring, satiating piety.
na nicson
80
T10
na juanita
75
T3
na Ali_V.
85
T9
na CHOICECOD
82
T7
na Kiitoksia
87
T7
na atreides
95
T9
na mallamp
80
T8
na kyle.loomis
7
T9
na jjrocketman
74
T6
na imdb
78
T10
na bhoyo
76
T4
na pompousass
40
T8
The storytelling during the "how" parts gets mired in prolonged flashbacks, and turns for help to an intrusive and overly necessary narrator. It affords you, through all of that, plenty of time to wish anew that there were an accepted format for cinematic works shorter than feature-length. But the feast itself and the buildup to it are ample rewards for toughing it out.
na Julius
70
T4
na IMDb-byvotes
78
T9
na SakiroQ
77
T7
na V. Scarlato
85
T9
na kafkalamak
76
T6
na LetsGoEatHuh
55
T6
na OrionZulu
84
T7
The opulent, sensual dinner scene at the end clashes with the grim danish austerity that permeates the rest of the film - I find this whole atmospheric stuff very well rendered. I agree that some of the dishes look "truly vile" as I've read in another comment here, some of them hurting my animal-friendly sensibilities (turtle soup, for one), but it's part of the movie experience that I try not to look at it that way (hell, this is no 'Cannibal Holocaust' after all...)
na Hans_Lucas
75
T4
na avgcrtckr
69
T9
na avb
89
T8
na Bruno
73
T7
nice
na KittyAMF287
40
T9
na cussot
88
T9
na ColonelTigh
92
T6
na Mochard
70
T8
na Killfast37
84
T9
na vsls
70
T7
na RaymundLi
80
T9
A charming tale of humanity's need to embrace both sensual and spiritual pleasures.
na gheul
80
T7
na NRM02
45
T3
na theWizard
3
T5
na Tootpadu
75
T8
na las
85
T9
na demirtas
1
T2
na Darbicus
70
T7
na ar656
80
T6
na Timon88
44
T4
na Liverpool76
84
T7
na waddayanuts
72
T5
na berck
88
T8
na Penborjas
75
T4
na kymmer
55
T3
na Cuculiza
70
T6
na laika
73
T6
na ZapperLife
52
T6
na aranel
75
T3
na LRibeiro
85
T9
na Langelund
65
T6
na oddis87
75
T6
na jarleram
90
T7
na Ronin21
91
T10
na madlucas
80
T9
na extreme87
91
T9
na carria
69
T5
na Dalen_Quaice
60
T8
na Razuna
70
T3
na auhasarderik
85
T10
na coltrane
3
T3
na gert
70
T8
na Thegoodboy
66
T7
na debaser1985
71
T6
na Dave Tippit
89
T4
na CesarCastag
61
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na Sondergaard
80
T9
na lineuphere
90
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na schedrevka
88
T9
na gimmefiction
75
T7
na Bondo
85
T9
na Mulholland
70
T7
na fivecats
96
T10
na Finster
90
T8
na Rozmarin
90
T9
na deckard0
89
T6
na toby5
85
T9
na rwhirata
70
T8
na ImJacksName
40
T1
na Istarm
70
T5
na Nygaard
60
T4
na FreddieQuell
86
T9
na felixm85
70
T5
na stillfuchsia
85
T8
na ldpfilm
82
T9
na jaybrennan
96
T10
na Kalix
95
T10
na panchovilla
87
T8
na 5thHobbit
82
T5
na tdawson48
77
T8
na FlixR8r
83
T10
na sandri
90
T9
na mb9607
80
T6
na joachimt
80
T9
na nrm4
54
T4
na ctavares
70
T6
na jeff_v
49
T2
na BryanZ
45
T3
na stevekimes
82
T6
What is the relationship between spirituality and fleshly pleasure?
na blackthorn
79
T7
na ToraTora
85
T5
na Montont
92
T10
na Dunstan-x
100
T10
na Limdebois
70
T7
na wig
74
T6
na janeb
87
T8
na RNG
81
T9
na valeneyre
88
T10
na Antares
72
T7
na luc
66
T5
na megdesilva
55
T2
na bkam
85
T9
na juliomadiaga
98
T10
na mitchelly
80
T4
na lotr-sam0711
90
T9
na carpuzz
70
T7
na IDYmilkshake
76
T8
na mikezas
88
T7
na KungFuDolly
5
T4
na SheWas
69
T8
na filmaffinity
74
T9
na BaalMan
80
T6
na Ayca
85
T8
na JasonKDarby
70
T7
na chikbee
91
T9
na jasperlily
95
T8
na haraksha
70
T6
na tahash
79
T5
na danfilm63
50
T2
na Gody85
68
T9
na jaluhrs
76
T1
na billkerwin
93
T10
A celebration of art and the artist, but also an autumnal meditation on the nature of life itself, how--although we seldom get what we desire--we often receive compensation for our losses in strange, marvelous ways.
na DuaneNeitzel
86
T8
19th Century Joy of Cooking. Babette is a French cook that flees from her home to Danish village. Fun, let alone the joy of food, is not part of village until Babette starts cooking.
na Sheldrake
50
T4
na dagda2
87
T8
na sixpence
83
T4
na hellerpop
76
T8
na superpunch
100
T9
The best food movie I've ever seen. It's mostly about creation from nothingness and the asceticism sometimes taken up as a means to pursue other, more strongly perceived notions of success. Solid performances all around and a great film for music as well. Beautiful cinematography.
na Dogubomb
40
T4
na toanianaj
85
T8
na OldSwede
85
T10
na Stain
90
T9
Probably the best of the food films. (No, that's not a joke. This actually is really good)
na gaussndahaus
80
T8
na Dicke_Taube
70
T6
na Fetsch
78
T9
na slo
75
T3
na kangadoodoo
60
T6
na besharah
85
T8
na Sebastian
63
T4
na catcry
70
T5
na Stopper
63
T4
na svenerik
75
T5
na cecilol
87
T8
na djfntstque
89
T10
na canna
60
T4
na BigJarv79
54
T4
na Vegard
75
T8
na bedirhankara
76
T8
na tompie
100
T9
na schnofel
65
T7
na bigloser
67
T3
na kraigpdx
68
T5
na donquixotic
0
T6
na EmeraldGuard
70
T4
na corradini
85
T8
na Kermit
88
T8
na lise
95
T10
na dogsinspace
85
T8
na hh75
90
T9
na Nkleszcz
73
T5
na kedar1981
80
T8
na sofielykke
60
T4
na rsinparis
100
T10
na Veterini
76
T6
na jonnykungfu
70
T6
na dissolve
7
T8
na rant1229
3
T5
na Zoominee
60
T6
Babettes gæstebud
na maksler
2
T3
na mightysparks
50
T4
na Zang
85
T8
na RealMacgyver
80
T7
I didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I did. The first half is rather stilted and possibly a bit lost in translation. But seeing the people find joy through good food and good booze was heartwarming.
na Ofterdingen
73
T8
na jackinthebox
50
T4
na Jotalandim
90
T10
na peekingpanda
70
T9
na umka
66
T5
na batui
45
T2
na daveylow
80
T7
na toro913
65
T7
na SeanBerndorff
92
T10
na chiphall72
65
T4
na kaidoc
99
T8
na rb42083
80
T6
na Timmer
88
T10
na rudolf55
93
T9
na ayban
98
T10
na Barkinson
80
T10
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