the high point was they ate a meal, albeit a fabulous one, before returning to their dreary lives. nothing changed. nothing happened!!
Brilliant. You don't have to have hi def effects etc, to make a good movie. Not really a dialogue movie either, that wrecks a movie. Just a good story.
A memorable movie and fully justifies the Academy Award for best foreign film of 1987.Rob Bowker
Did not like this movie in any way
Beautifully filmed - this is the second time I have seen it and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around. Several different themes threaded through it which make you think - just a gorgeous movie.
I found it very hard to care about any of the characters in this film; conservative and droll as they are. I particularly felt sorry for the turtle and those poor little caged birds. It looks nice though with great attention to detail. I suppose if there is any message it's to live it up a little - which is a good thing.
I was disappointed it was not the original version but rather an American remake.
One can choose language version on this DVD and whether you want subtitles or dubbing. No extra features.
My main interest was in the feast, the menu and even the recipes are available on the Internet, Here is the menu, from Wikipedia:
"The menu responsible for their pleasure begins with an amontillado and features "Potage ? la Tortue" (turtle soup); "Blinis Demidoff au Caviar" (buckwheat cakes with caviar and sour cream); "Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine" (quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce); a salad featuring Belgian chicory and walnuts in a vinaigrette; and "Les Fromages" featuring blue cheese, papaya, figs, grapes, pineapple, and pomegranate. The grand finale dessert is "Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruits Glac?es" (rum sponge cake with figs and glac?ed fruits). Numerous rare wines, including a 1845 Clos de Vougeot, along with an 1860 Veuve Clicquot champagne and spirits, complete the menu. "
Well, it is a very "safe" movie, you can watch it with your old relatives or friends, whether Protestant purists or Catholic papists, nobody will get offended; and the ending is not too unhappy, so why not, go for it. I generously give it four stars, will not watch it again although, too much on the "safe" side as for me and all the religious stuff in it I find quite boring.
A gentle heart warming movie (although the scenery looks extremely cold and bleak). The feast scene is brilliant, and adds some humour in an understated, restrained manner; which sort of sums up the lifestyle of the characters in the movie. Excellent all round.
Bit slow to start, but great movie.
very moving, sweet story.
beautiful and clever,interesting and gentle
A movie with many hidden messages. Stunning camera work.
I saw Babette's Feast at a film festival in the late 80s, and enjoy it more each
time I see it. Blixen's "Out of Africa" and "Babette's feast" are the work of a
superb early 20th century story teller and continue to stand up brilliantly even in
this century when the story is not necessarily told, or there to be told!
What a treat and a delight. I had forgotten just how moving this film was for me when last watched about 15 years ago. Great to be reminded in such a "tasteful" way about the importance of giving in human relationships.
Quality "arthouse" and subtitled movie. Interesting and positive story, if a little slow. 4 paws for the ladies and 2.5 paws for the lads.
It is important to stick with this film, because its riches are mostly found in the resolution of the story at the end, although there is rich character development and ensemble drama to enjoy throughout the film. It is probably one of the most uplifting films I have ever seen , interweaving a number of themes which culminate in the most positive assertion of the richness to be found in human kindness and the simple joys of friendship. Simple film, wonderful story and beautifully executed. Nearly perfect.
I bought this film - expecting it to be V.O. instead - it was dubbed into American!! It really wasn't a patch on this!
I find this a beautifully sensitive and charming story.