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This was the first Danish movie to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The two central characters are two sisters living in a remote village somewhere in Jutland. They are very much devoted to their father, who is the pastor of a small Protestant church and who is honored by the whole community. And although his daughters are very beautiful and have their suitors, they end up as two elderly spinsters, leading a tranquil life.
After some years, a French refugee, Babette, turns up and begs them to let her work for them as a maid and cook. Since she is somehow connected with the past of one of the sisters and since she has no other alternative, the two women accept her offer. The life of the small community changes completely, when Babette one day wins the lottery and decides to cook a real French dinner in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the father of the two sisters.
This is the trailer of the movie:
The Viking and I often watch this movie, especially when we come back from a trip to Denmark. Since we are both foodies, we are in love with the second part of the movie, when Babette prepares her feast. And when we have a bit more money, we would like to prepare all these dishes ourselves!
Of course, we asked ourselves where the movie was made. The IMDB simply says the west of Jutland, which is a huge area! Luckily, Wikipedia gave us a more precise answer to that question! But … between movie and reality, there can be quite a difference …