In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one could have married a young army officer and the other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case, and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later - their father is now deceased - they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father's birth. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone. Written by
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The church used in the movie was Marup Church in Jutland, Denmark built around 1250. Positioned on the Lonstrup Klint, a geologically unique cliff, it edged towards the sea as the ground eroded 1.5 metres a year over the last 300 years. Between 2007 and 2016 the church was dismantled and moved to a new site on an open-air national museum. See more
In the church where characters go, behind the pastor appears a crucifix on the wall. There are no images in Protestant temples. See more
[in Danish, using English subtitles
In this remote spot there once lived two sisters who were both past the first flush of youth. They had been christened Martina and Philippa after Martin Luther and his friend Philipp Melanchton. They spent all their time and almost all their small income on good works.
Referenced in Nurse Jackie: Pill-O-Matix
Champagne aria from Don Giovanni
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung as Papin returns to his lodging See more