|Jean-Philippe Lafont||Achille Papin|
|Jarl Kulle||Old Lorenz Lowenhielm|
|Gudmar Wivesson||Lorens Loewenhielm|
|Bibi Andersson||Swedish Court Lady-in-waiting|
|Birgitte Federspiel||Old Martina|
|Bodil Kjer||Old Philippa|
Beautiful but pious sisters Martine and Philippa grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa's former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette to serve as the family cook. Babette's lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family's dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.