Gabriel Axel’s Danish film – and 1987’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film – is an Isak Dinesen tale about a 19th-century French servant and refugee (beautifully, stoically played by Stephane Audran) who seeks shelter in a strict Lutheran household in a rough Danish coastal town.
To repay her hard, deprived hosts for their kindness, she spends her entire lottery winnings doing the one thing she knows how to do best – she cooks an elaborate, exotic, eponymous meal for the entire village, filled with game and liquors and desserts they’ve never experienced before.
The meticulous preparation, serving, and devouring of this feast changes the lives of everyone involved, enhancing the true meaning of friendship.
Impeccably acted, and suffused with charm and delicacy, this is one film that’s a meal in itself.
General Lorens Löwenhielm/Löwenhielm’s Father
Asta Esper Andersen
Fisherman in Rowboat
Therese Højgaard Christensen
Preben Lerdorff Rye