Babettes gæstebudDVD | Danish
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Well worth the watch. Has the flavor of O. Henry: masterful story-telling, some surprises. Great take-aways. Written by "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen. This one is fiction and 'out of Denmark.' Nevertheless, you can hear the Baroness's voice, esp. thru the general, towards the end of the story. Thoughtful yet fun at the same time.
The tale involves two sisters living together in a tiny village along a rugged stretch of Danish coastline. At the outset of the film, the very attractive young girls assist their father who is the local Lutheran minister in his pastoral duties, seeing after a few old and indigent villagers. In the process they live celibate lives, spurning the advances of suitors. The film then flash forwards to the present some 35 years later where the minister father has died and the two much older and now spinster daughters are continuing the pastoral duties of caring for the villagers. Now enters Babette, a refugee from French civil strife who has been sent to the village for her safety. Some fifteen years pass by and the sisters consider a dinner in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth, a gesture designed to hopefully heal the dissension and rifts which have occurred among the villagers over the years without the active guidance of the minister. As a gesture of appreciation to the support she has received from the two sisters over the years, Babette offers to plan and cook the entire commemorative dinner as a classic French feast.
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