Jun 08

Babette’s Feast, dir. Just Betzer ?????

This is a wonderful film that is slow moving, but very unpredictable in its outcome. Two pious sisters pass up love and the opportunity for great success on the world scene, to remain in a remote hamlet in Denmark. They are visited by an escapee from the French civil wars, who ends up being the head chef of a famous Parisian restaurant. The feast doesn’t start until well into the film, when the 12 people present to enjoy the feast are all quite doubtful about the food or the possibility of witchcraft in its preparation. Over the course of the meal, bitternesses are broken down, and people begin for the first time to speak truthfully to each other. The moral lesson is the importance not only of devout faith, but also of enjoyment of the gifts that God has given us.


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