DIRECTOR: GABRIEL AXEL
CAST: STéPHANE AUDRAN, BODIL KJER, BIRGITTE FEDERSPIEL
Although Gabriel Axel’s 1987 classic is usually cited for its painterly food photography, what gets me is the sense of service and hospitality. Unbeknownst to the isolated Danish sisters who have taken her in, Babette is a famed Parisian chef. When circumstance arise that allow her to prepare a meal for her hosts and friends, Babette serves them with the kind of gracious humility that true chefs embody.