In the beginning of the film, we get to see two of those outsiders, one is a well-known music coach, Achille (Jean-Philippe LaFont), and the other, I'll get to in a second. The town’s led by the two daughters of the minister, Martine and Filippa (Birgitte Federspiel and Bodil Kjer). One rainy night, a strikingly tall woman arrives on their doorstep with a note of recommendation from an old Achielle. Babette’s (Stephane Audran) family has gotten caught in the middle of the French Civil War. She’s lost her son and husband, and has escaped from France. She asks to be the servant of the two sisters, and does it graciously and without pay.
An unexpected guest, a General, Lorens (Jarl Kulle) the other visitor that we met years earlier, has come to visit for the occasion at the best of his aunt, (Bibi Andersson) one of the oldest of the followers, is unaware of agreed-upon procedure, and leads to some intriguing conversations exchanges during the dinner, which incorporates, basically the second half of the movie.