[Babette's Feast] Babette's Feast, 1988 ©Orion Classics/Photofest.
Babette's Feast, 1988 ©Orion Classics/Photofest.

Babette's Feast

Babette’s Feast (Gabriel Axel, 1987, Denmark, 103 minutes)
Babette’s Feast is adapted from an evocative story by Danish writer Isak Dinesen (penname of Karen Blixen) about a French chef who finds herself on the remote Jutland coast. The score by Per Nørgård, who had studied with Boulanger and attempted to fuse the late romantic tradition epitomized by Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius with more contemporary modernist approaches, perfectly complements the film’s nuanced exploration of food and community.