Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Review of Babette's Feast
Amelia and I went to International Cinema last week. We saw such a lovely movie. I hadn't heard anything about the movie, but it looked good. I was very impressed by it.
You can read about the plot here on Wikipedia or here on IMDb but trust me, this is a film worth watching. It isn't driven by plot so much as by theme. It is in Dutch and French, with English subtitles. It centers in a remote and austere Denmark coastal town and follows the life of two very pious daughters of the town's minister. They have unexpected visitors who change their lives. It is a story of deep devotion and sacrifice, and really displays the interplay between bodily wants and the deeper persuasions of the soul. Babette is a French chef who seeks asylum with the women and through her creation of a feast, the town undergoes an illumination of love and deeper devotion. The movie closes with the joy of reconciliation between lost opportunity and lost love. The role of the artist and his/her art is also motivating factor in the movie.
It is simply a beautiful film.
Posted by Breanne Grover at 11:32 AM