OVERVIEW | CAST & CREW
1987 | 102 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Gabriel Axel
Written by: Karen Blixen (novel), Gabriel Axel (screenplay)
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle
Beautiful but pious sisters Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland.
One day, Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family’s dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.