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Babette's Feast Details


The Danish/French Babette's Feast is based on a story by Isak Dinesen, also the source of the very different Out of Africa (1985). Stephane Audran plays Babette, a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish coastal town. Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), the elderly daughters of the town's long-dead minister, take Babette in. As revealed in flashback, Philippa and Martina were once beautiful young women (played by Hanne Stensgaard and Vibeke Hastrup), who'd forsaken their chances at romance and fame, taking hollow refuge in religion. Babette holds a secret that may very well allow the older ladies to have a second chance at life. This is one of the great movies about food, but there are way too many surprises in Babette's Feast to allow us to reveal anything else at this point (except that Ingmar Bergman "regulars" Bibi Andersson and Jarl Kulle have significant cameo roles).. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 2012


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gabriel Axel Best Foreign Language Film 1987 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gabriel Axel Best Foreign Language Film 1988 Winner


Stéphane Audran
as Babette Hersant
Jean-Philippe Lafont
as Achille Papin
Gudmar Wivesson
as Lorenz Lowenhielm as a Young Man
Jarl Kulle
as Lorenz Lowenhielm as an old man
Bibi Andersson
as Swedish Court Lady-in-waiting
Bodil Kjer
as Old Philippa
Birgitte Federspiel
as Old Martina
Ebbe Rode
as Christopher
Hanne Stensgaard
as Young Philippa
Bendt Rothe
as Old Nielsen
Vibeke Hastrup
as Young Martina
Lisbeth Movin
as The Widow
Pouel Kern
as The Vicar
Michel Bouquet
as Narrator
Ghita Nørby
as Narrator
Tina Kiberg
as Philippa [singing]
Axel Ströbye
as Driver
Ebba With
as Lorens' Aunt
Else Petersen
as Solveig
Finn Nielsen
as Grocer
Holger Perfort
as Karlsen
Erik Petersen
as Young Erik
Lars Lohmann
as Fisherman
Tine Miehe-Renard
as Lorens' wife
Thomas Antoni
as Swedish Lieutenant
Gert Bastian
as Poor Man
Viggo Bentzon
as Fisherman in Rowboat
Cay Kristiansen
as Poul
Bernadette Lafont
Viggo Bentzon
as Fisherman in Rowboat
Cay Kristiansen
as Poul
Gert Bastian
as Poor Man
Thomas Antoni
as Swedish Lieutenant


Gabriel Axel
Gabriel Axel
Henning Kristiansen
Per Norgaard
Composer (Music Score)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Featured Music
Finn Henriksen
Sven Wichmann
Production Designer
Sven Wichmann
Art Director
Bo Christensen
Just Betzer
Annelise Hauberg
Costume Designer
Karl Lagerfeld
Costume Designer
Michael Dela
Sound/Sound Designer
Henning Bahs
Special Effects
Tom Hedegaard
First Assistant Director
Lene Nielsen
Production Manager
Isak Dinesen
Short Story Author
Lydia Pujol
Elisabeth Bukkehave