Babette’s Feast

Directed by Gabriel Axel

Denmark, 1998

Cornerhouse, 6 January 2013

Babette's Feast

A ravishing film, prepared with a sure hand and amounting to a feast in itself.

As with many (most or perhaps all?) Scandinavian films, it is at root a religious affair.  The question is whether God has designed this world for our delight, or whether we should eschew its myriad sensual joys for spiritual riches in the next.  It’s a question that’s posed in such an unusual and artistic, delicate and delightful way, that the answer (Axel’s answer, anyway) is clear.

Babette’s Feast is showing again on Wednesday as part of the Matinee Classics season, further details are here.