“Under [Babette's] eyes things moved, noiselessly, into their proper places...
From the day when Babette took over the housekeeping its cost was miraculously reduced, and the soup pails and baskets acquired a new, mysterious power to stimulate and strengthen their poor and sick.”
- Isak Dinesen, Babette's Feast
Many have touch-base movies that they revisit annually.
For some, it is Babette's Feast, and perhaps the excellent Criterion Collection print. While one cannot indiscriminately recommend the film due to its subtitles and very slow pacing, Criterion did its typically thorough job with the transfer and even the packaging, which includes a full text of the short story. (Alternatively, the audio recording of Babette's Feast, read by Colleen Dewhurst, is also wonderful.)
- The Criterion Collection <https://www.criterion.com/>