Conclusion: With its tender heart and gastronomic soul, 'Babette's Feast' remains a very satisfying cinematic dish, and though you don't have to be a foodie to enjoy this touching, uplifting motion picture, it sure helps! Gabriel Axel's simple, charming adaptation of the Isak Dinesen short story consistently stokes the senses, thanks to a cast of memorable characters, an involving story, and a reverential depiction of gourmet cuisine that's sure to invoke hunger pangs.
Conclusion: Babette's Feast is a film that slowly and gradually wins you over. What seems to put you to sleep early on comes to take meaning in the joyous second half all has been building to. The result is a substantive yet appealing drama you needn't be an art house snob to enjoy.
Conclusion: I think that it is absolutely impossible not to like Danish director Gabriel Axel 's Babette's Feast . It is a simple and very elegant film with plenty to say about the way people treat each other. For viewers currently on a diet, it could also be a very dangerous film. Criterion's technical presentation of Babette's Feast is very good. Also included on this upcoming Blu-ray release are a number of excellent supplemental features. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Conclusion: Artificial Eye's Blu-ray release of Babette's Feast is a very good alternative for folks residing in Region-B territories who could not take advantage of Criterion's release. It is framed slightly differently, but in my opinion the framing does not in any way affect the integrity of the film. This release also contains a new video interview with Stéphane Audran which is not included on Criterion's release. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?