Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast

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  • Gabriel Axel


  • Stéphane Audran
  • Bodil Kjer
  • Birgitte Federspiel

In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church.

Set in a remote Danish fishing village in the latter part of the 19th century, Babette’s Feast tells of two beautiful sisters (Birgitte Federspiel, Bodil Kjer) who give up their chance for romance and worldly success in order to care for their father, a strict pastor who preaches salvation through self-denial. After his death, they carry on his work, tending to his aging and increasingly quarrelsome flock with saintly devotion. When Babette (Stéphane Audran), a French political refugee, appears on their doorstep seeking shelter, they engage her to keep house and cook their meager meals. Years later, Babette wins the lottery and asks to prepare a sumptuous French feast for the community. Everyone accepts, but the thought of such decadence makes them fear for their Christian souls, and they agree not to show any pleasure. Aided by the exquisite food and wine, the parishioners can’t help but be transported by Babette’s culinary artistry, and soon rediscover their bonds of love and fellowship. Gabriel Axel directed this Oscar-winning Danish film.

Past Programs


Science of Taste

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA


Food Anthropology

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA


The Science of Taste, Food, and the Kitchen

The State Theatre, Modesto, CA


Canned vs. Fresh: What's the Difference?

Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Regent Square Theater, Pittsburgh, PA


The power of a shared meal

The Tull Family Theater, Sewickley, PA