Babette's Feast (1987)
Tuesday 29th January 2013
Adapted from a story by Out of Africa author Isak Dinesen, fully restored and released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 25th February 2013 from Artificial Eye, Gabriel Axel's celebrated Oscar-winning classic Babette's Feast remains as charming, entertaining and mouth-watering as ever.
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 Bergman and Dreyer, but with a uniquely joyous, exuberant touch, this 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.
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