Cook Babette Hersant had to flee France and ends up as a housekeeper for two unmarried sisters in western Jutland, Denmark. When Babette wins the lottery, she decides to spend the money on a sumptuous meal for these melancholic and frugal people.
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I've found it to be a surefire favourite among more than a few blockheads with delusions of cultural literacy (the kind of folks who consider "subtitled movies" to be a genre). This speaks to the film's clarity, sure, but also its simplicity. I'm probably wrong here, but I found nothing about it particularly compelling or unique.
My heart goes out to Bibi, every wrinkle on her face, and her crazy eyes. Here's the thing about (bougie) fetishism - when it is working, even knowledge of it is not enough to stop its effects. Hence I relent, relinquish, and rejoice in the delights of northern European homogeneity. It's all so patient. And also very funny.
The NY TImes video review is worht checking: A. O. Scott manages to sum up in just a few words why I enjoyed this film so much.
Random note: we always talks about which public figures we would invite to our fantasy dinner party but we never talk about who we'd want in the kitchen. I’d want Babette, that’s who.