Babette’s Feast

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In Brief: While it's not exactly to my taste (pun intended), I can certainly appreciate why Danish writer-director Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast took home the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1988. Axel's adaptation of, Isak Dinesen's story (Dinesen being a pseudonym for Karen Blixen) of a French refugee confronted with the Puritanical strictures of her involuntarily adopted Danish community is replete with the sort of aggrandizement of art through metaphor that Academy voters have always loved. The metaphor here is food, as the title would imply, but this is really a film about the conflict between repression and sensual indulgence with a distinctly Scandinavian streak of nihilism. It's a beautiful film in many regards — but for my money, if I'm in the mood for a nihilistic feast featuring Stéphane Audran, I'd prefer the aborted meals of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. 
Genre: Drama
Director: Gabriel Axel
Starring: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Achille Papin,Bibi Andersson
Rated: G

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Babette’s Feast on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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One thought on “Babette’s Feast

  1. Chip Kaufmann

    The screening will be this coming Sunday, January 15th not last Sunday January 8th.

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