(Babettes Gaestebud, Gabriel Axel, Denmark 1987, 102 min., Danish, Swedish, and French w/subtitles)
Payne’s Picks. Foodies and film buffs alike will have plenty to sink their teeth into with this sumptuous offering from Gabriel Axel. Set in the 19th century on the windswept plains of the Dan¬ish coast, the film follows the lives of two pious sisters struggling to keep their faith, along with their dwindling congregation, after their father’s death. Enter Babette, a refugee housekeeper harboring a mysterious past, who brings both challenges and new life to the highly religious community. Director Axel, nearly 80 at the time, won world renown with this film taking both the Oscar® and the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film.