Based on a story written by Isaak Dinesen (whose Out of Africa also made it to the big screen), Babette’s Feast is a tale of loneliness, self-denial, and regret — and the transformative powers of a God-blessed creation. The plot is too complicated too sum up succinctly, but the story ends with an extravagant multi-course meal paid for and prepared by Babette, a household cook who has spent the last dozen or so years in a remote Danish village. The handful of invited guests — most being members of a religious community that frowns on excess — make a pact to suppress any thoughts or comments that might indicate their pleasure at dining at so sumptuous a table. Of course, the skill (and love) in Babette’s dishes work their magic on the diners, and in no time, tongues and hearts are unbound.
INTERESTING OBSERVATION: It it just us, or does the movie’s red-haired serving boy look like a real-life version of Ratatouille’s Linguini?
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