To borrow a line from the movie, mercy and truth come together in Babette's Feast. This 1987 film was the first Danish film to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. It is the story of a small religious community in Denmark whose members, with much practice, have hidden their sins rather and a French chef who finds safe exile in their community.
One thing about foreign films is that they take time to set up a story. They aren't as concerned about a car chase or the obligatory story beats that American producers and studios obsess over in the their scripts. Thus, we are able to see the history of two sisters who reject outside love to serve the religious community before arriving at the main course of this film - the feast itself.
There are some funny parts surrounding the feast. I found myself laughing aloud at the characters. The feast is used to bring mercy and truth together. When you watch the film, you will know exactly what I mean but I have no intention of giving it away here.
This is a wonderful delight of a production. The scenery is great. The characters are well written and acted. There was a realism to the characters that I think an audience identifies with as the movie progresses. The script was tight and it is easy to see why this is considered a film classic.
I know this review is a bit scant on details but I don't want to ruin it for you. I will challenge you to try and figure out all the dishes for the feast itself. Good luck. On the rating scale, this is 5 by 5.