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Friday, March 17, 2006

Babette's Feast

Last night, through the magic of Netflix Liz and I watched Babette's Feast. It is a Danish Film from 1987 that is set in the 1800's. It's the type of film you can watch with others and discuss a number of themes including grace, Scandinavian and French cooking, the role of the poet and artist, piety, service.... the list goes on. Good movie for a ministry team to watch after / before a sumptious meal. If you enjoyed Chocolat, you'll like this film. Subtitles are in English.

(from imdm.com) "In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal. Although they are secretly concerned about what Babette, a Catholic and a foreigner, might do, the sisters allow her to go ahead. Babette then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them."


At Friday, March 17, 2006 3:29:00 PM, Blogger Vile Blasphemer said...

I would agree- as fantastic a film as one can ever see. I love how the camera watches the characters without rapid, jarring cuts... as arousing to the eyes as the feast is for their palates. It's like a good "traveler" folktale. It's unfortunate that more young people don't relish this kind of entertainment anymore.

At Friday, March 24, 2006 7:20:00 AM, Anonymous Bret Ogburn said...

My wife Corri and I watched this movie with our eleven and nine year olds this past Thanksgiving day. The themes of redemption, service, and love became the centerpiece of our Turkey day table talk. A wonderful movie - even our elementary age kids loved it.


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