Babette’s Feast: watch the new trailer
A mouthwatering Christmas treat, Babette’s Feast is rereleased on 14 December in a beautiful new digital transfer.
|Babette’s Feast is rereleased nationwide on 14 December.|
Adapted with great sensitivity and invention from Isak Dinesen’s short story (itself inspired by The Tempest), this truly lovely tale of everyday passion, magic and miracles is a delicacy to savour.
Relocating the story from a bourgeois Norwegian port to a remote, windswept Jutland hamlet so steeped in Lutheran spirituality it feels like something out of a Dreyer film, Gabriel Axel traces the strange chain of events that led to the two elderly daughters of a famously pious pastor taking on, as their cook, a Parisienne who was until the advent of the Commune one of the city’s most celebrated chefs.
At once poignant and funny, gently ironic and quietly compassionate, the story – beautifully performed by all concerned, but most especially by Stéphane Audran, clearly relishing her role as a gastronomic wizard – casts its spell carefully yet confidently, culminating in the titular banquet: improbable, mouthwatering, supremely regenerative. A serenely joyous hymn to human creativity, all sorts of love and the small glories of life on earth. (Geoff Andrew)