History Film / BabettesFeast

25th Sep '15 8:37:11 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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Despite their meager offerings, the sisters open their home to Babette as a servant who can help them in maintaining the property and aiding in charity work. Fourteen years pass before the outside world intrudes on the three woman again: Babette has won a lottery that a friend maintained in France. The sisters fear that this new opportunity will take their friend and helpful servant away from them, but Babette surprises them with an offer: a chance to cook a real French dinner for the late pastor's birthday. Though the sisters agree, suspicion and fear grows amongst the small congregation as to whether the upcoming extravagance conflicts with their ascetic beliefs.

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Despite their meager offerings, the sisters open their home to Babette as a servant who can help them in maintaining the property and aiding in charity work. Fourteen years pass before the outside world intrudes on the three woman women again: Babette has won a lottery that a friend maintained in France. The sisters fear that this new opportunity will take their friend and helpful servant away from them, but Babette surprises them with an offer: a chance to cook a real French dinner for the late pastor's birthday. Though the sisters agree, suspicion and fear grows amongst the small congregation as to whether the upcoming extravagance conflicts with their ascetic beliefs.
19th May '15 4:53:01 PM nombretomado
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The film was adapted from a story by [[Film/OutOfAfrica Karen Blixen]], and like the author's more famous adapted work, won an AcademyAward (as Denmark's entry for Best Foreign Language Film).

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The film was adapted from a story by [[Film/OutOfAfrica Karen Blixen]], and like the author's more famous adapted work, won an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward (as Denmark's entry for Best Foreign Language Film).
7th Apr '14 9:21:57 AM freesefan
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* IWasQuiteALooker: There are several flashbacks to when the sisters were much younger. Both attracted beaus, but elected to stay in their father's parish.
7th Apr '14 8:38:41 AM freesefan
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler:Babette reveals that she spent all her lottery winnings, 10,000 Francs, on the eponymous feast, as that was the price of dinner for twelve at the Cafe Anglais. Of course, that would be the price on the bill at the end of the meal, but that price would have to cover many other expenses beyond the cost of ingredients: the restaurant's rent (in Paris, no less, with its very high rents), the wages of the waiters, busboys, and all the kitchen staff (including Babette's), and, not least, profits for the owners. None of that would have been a factor in the meal Babette prepared in the film. Justified, in this case, in that this was really just an excuse by Babette not to leave the sisters and their village.]]
* AsideGlance: The French singer who visits the village looks straight into the camera while praising the beauty of one of the sisters.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler:Babette reveals that she spent all her lottery winnings, 10,000 Francs, on the eponymous feast, as that was the price of dinner for twelve at the Cafe Anglais. Of course, that would be the price on the bill at the end of the meal, but that price would have to cover many other expenses beyond the cost of ingredients: the restaurant's rent (in Paris, no less, with its very high rents), the wages of the waiters, busboys, and all the kitchen staff (including Babette's), and, not least, profits for the owners. None of that would have been a factor in the meal Babette prepared in the film. Justified, in this case, in that this was really just an excuse by Babette not to leave the sisters and their village.]]
* AsideGlance: The French singer who visits the village looks straight into the camera while praising the beauty singing talent of one of the sisters.



* [[spoiler:IChooseToStay: After winning 10,000 francs, Babette has the chance to return to France again. Rather, she ends up spending it all on the feast so she can stay with the sisters.]]

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* [[spoiler:IChooseToStay: IChooseToStay: [[spoiler: After winning 10,000 francs, Babette has the chance to return to France again. Rather, she ends up spending it all on the feast so she can stay with the sisters.]]
7th Apr '14 8:28:10 AM freesefan
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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Interestingly, Martine has nightmares at merely ''the thought'' of Babette's meal, though mostly because she's beginning to conflate Babette's foreign foods and excess with pagan witchcraft.

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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Interestingly, Martine has nightmares at merely ''the thought'' of Babette's meal, though mostly because she's beginning to conflate Babette's foreign foods and excess with pagan witchcraft.



* CatapultNightmare: Martine has nightmares at merely ''the thought'' of Babette's meal, mostly because she's beginning to conflate Babette's foreign foods and excess with pagan witchcraft.



* ChekhovsGun: Babette remarks that the only thing that ties her to France is her lottery ticket. [[spoiler:It wins her 10,000 francs.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Babette remarks that the only thing that ties her to France is her lottery ticket. [[spoiler:It It wins her 10,000 francs.]]
7th Apr '14 6:59:14 AM freesefan
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* AsideGlance: The French singer who visits the village looks straight into the camera while praising the beauty of one of the sisters.
6th Apr '14 8:15:17 PM freesefan
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* AgeCut: A flashback begins by cutting from the sisters as old ladies to them in the same position as beautiful young women.
14th Jan '14 6:55:47 PM Tuckerscreator
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Having wine and turtle soup at a meal! The horror! Well, it does take place in the 19th century.
14th Jan '14 6:51:27 PM Tuckerscreator
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The film was adapted from a story by [[OutOfAfrica Karen Blixen]], and like the author's more famous adapted work, won an AcademyAward (as Denmark's entry for Best Foreign Language Film).

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The film was adapted from a story by [[OutOfAfrica [[Film/OutOfAfrica Karen Blixen]], and like the author's more famous adapted work, won an AcademyAward (as Denmark's entry for Best Foreign Language Film).



* {{Irony}}: At the meal, General Löwenhielm explains that, when he once won a riding competition in Paris, Gen. [[spoiler:Galliffet]] took him to dinner with some other officers at one of the best restaurants in Paris, the Café Anglais, where they dined on Caille en Sarcophage, a special dish that only the female chef de cuisine at the Anglais prepared, and that it was the same dish that they were dining on now. He also tells of how Gen. [[spoiler:Galliffet]] loved this dish, and the food at the Anglais in general, so much so that the chef was "the only woman in Paris he would shed his blood for." Of course, what we learned very near the beginning of the film was that Babette had had to flee France because otherwise she would be killed, as her husband and son had been killed in the suppression of the Paris Commune, by Gen. [[spoiler:Galliffet]].

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* {{Irony}}: At the meal, General Löwenhielm explains that, when he once won a riding competition in Paris, Gen. [[spoiler:Galliffet]] took him to dinner with some other officers at one of the best restaurants in Paris, the Café Anglais, where they dined on Caille en Sarcophage, a special dish that only the female chef de cuisine at the Anglais prepared, and that it was the same dish that they were dining on now. He also tells of how Gen. [[spoiler:Galliffet]] loved this dish, and the food at the Anglais in general, so much so that the chef was "the only woman in Paris he would shed his blood for." Of [[spoiler:Of course, what we learned very near the beginning of the film was that Babette had had to flee France because otherwise she would be killed, as her husband and son had been killed in the suppression of the Paris Commune, by Gen. [[spoiler:Galliffet]].Galliffet]].



** Played straight when one man tries to bite into a fig like an apple and it comes apart in his hands. The General splays another fig out on his plate and scoops out the meat with his utensils.

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** Played straight when one man tries to bite into a fig like an apple and it comes apart in his hands. The General splays another fig out on his plate and scoops out the meat with his utensils. utensils.
* LoopholeAbuse: As the guests start to enjoy the dinner more, they get around their self-imposed rule of not speaking about the food at all by not ''directly'' referring to that specific food. For instance, when the General compliments the grapes of the feast, one man cites Number 13:24, where the Israelities bring back clusters of grapes from Canaan.
9th Jan '14 5:07:22 AM LongLiveHumour
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''Babette's Feast'' is a 1987 Danish film set in a remote village of Jutland during the late 19th century. Two spinster sisters are enjoying their humble, secluded life amongst the parishioners of their late father's church, when suddenly one night a French woman named Babette arrives on their doorstep, having fled from the [[FrancoPrussianWar war and bloody revolution]] in her home country. With no surviving relatives to shelter her, an old friend of the sisters has sent this mysterious woman to their home for sanctuary.

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''Babette's Feast'' is a 1987 Danish film set in a remote village of Jutland during the late 19th century. Two spinster sisters are enjoying their humble, secluded life amongst the parishioners of their late father's church, when suddenly one night a French woman named Babette arrives on their doorstep, having fled from the [[FrancoPrussianWar [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar war and bloody revolution]] in her home country. With no surviving relatives to shelter her, an old friend of the sisters has sent this mysterious woman to their home for sanctuary.
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