Babettes Feast (U)

Director Gabriel Axel. 1987 Danish Drama with English sub-titles


Adapted with great sensitivity and invention from Isak Dinesen’s short story (itself inspired by The Tempest), this truly lovely tale of everyday passion, magic and miracles is a delicacy to savour. Relocating the story from a bourgeois Norwegian port to a remote, windswept Jutland hamlet so steeped in Lutheran spirituality it feels like something out of a Dreyer film, Axel traces the strange chain of events that led to the two elderly daughters of a famously pious pastor taking on, as their cook, a Parisienne who was until the advent of the Commune one of the city’s most celebrated chefs. At once poignant and funny, gently ironic and quietly compassionate, the story – beautifully performed by all concerned, but most especially by Audran, clearly relishing her role as a gastronomic wizard – casts its spell carefully yet confidently, culminating in the titular banquet: improbable, mouthwatering, and supremely regenerative.

Starring Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel

Monday19Aug

Tickets
Adult: £3.50 

Time
7.30pm

Running Time
103

Enquiries
01952 433297

Extra Event Information
Bring a plate of food to share - pay bar available

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