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Babette's Feast review

A cook blows her lottery win on the feast of a lifetime in this 1987 Oscar-winner

One of the great foodie movies, Gabriel Axel’s adaptation of a story by Danish author Karen Blixen ( Out Of Africa ) picked up the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

In the title role, Stéphane Audran plays a mysterious Frenchwoman who in 1871 comes to an austere Lutheran community in Jutland and is taken on as their cook.

After years of preparing their abstemious diet she nets a lottery win - and decides to blow the lot on a grand gourmet feast for her disconcerted employers.

Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub.

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