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Babettes gæstebud / Babette's feast

Directed by: Just Betzer and Bo Christensen.

Cast: Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean Philippe Lafont, Bibi Andersson.

With the mysterious arrival of Babette, a refugee from France's civil war, life for two pious sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Before long, Babette has convinced them to try something other than boiled codfish and ale bread--a gourmet French meal! Her feast scandalizes the elders, except for the visiting General. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure? Includes original theatrical trailer. In Danish and French with optional soundtrack in English or Spanish; with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish. DVD.

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Festen / The celebration

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg.

Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Birthe Neumann, Paprika Steen, Trine Dyrholm, Helle Dolleris.

At the sixtieth birthday party of a Danish patriarch, his oldest son Christian reveals a dark family secret that contributed to his twin sister's suicide. In Danish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Italiensk for begyndere / Italian for beginners

Directed by: Ib Tardini.

Cast: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora J²rgensen, Anette St²velbµk, Peter Gantzler, Lars Kaalund, Karen Lise Mynster, Sara Indrio Jensen, Rikki Wolck, Elsebeth Steentoft, Carlo Barsotti.

Several Danish students of an Italian language class find romance in their studies of the language of love. In Danish and Italian with optional English subtitles; Closed-captioned. DVD.

 

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Ordet / The word

Directed by: Carl Dreyer.

Cast: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Ledorff Rye, Cay Kristiansen, Birgitte Federspiel.

A study of spiritual faith and love ; the film tells of the death of Inger in childbirth and her resurrection, a miracle that is seen as the result of human love. The film opens as a family of marshland farmers trail an idiot son (Johannes) who calls himself Christ. It closes as the demented theological student approaches the open coffin of his sister-in-law and, at the urgings of her child, brings her back to life. n Danish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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