Film: BABETTE'S FEAST Showing Mon Nov 27th 2017


Our MOVIES AND MEANING Film Series Continues
With the Award-Winning Film

In The Spirit of The Thanksgiving Season 
We Present A Film About Coming Together 
In Community Around A Shared Meal

BABETTE'S FEAST

Monday November 27th  
Pot Luck 6:30pm
Film Screening: 7:30pm

Suggested Donation  $7 - $10

 

Winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Babette's Feast is based on a short story by Danish author Isak Dinesen (the pen name of Karen Blixen, played by Meryl Streep in Out of Africa). It's a story of generosity amidst hardship, and how great artists can create the possibility of building bridges, inviting hope, and changing even the past.


Many people consider Babette's Feast their favorite film; and most recently, it was voted Number 1 on the Movies & Meaning list of Top 100 films that help us live better.


To celebrate and enhance our experience, we're inviting everyone who attends the screening to bring a potluck dish - we'll share a meal together and enter into the spirit of this magnificent movie, a truly elevating experience. 

Please join us.



Behind the film’s deceptively simple story is a sort of parable or fable of religion and life. A voice-over narrator introduces us to a pair of aging sisters, daughters of a now-deceased Protestant minister on the Jutland coast of Denmark, whose names are Martina (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) — “after Martin Luther and his friend, Philip Melanchthon.” These pious sisters lead quiet lives of touching service among their late father’s remaining followers, a handful of older residents of a tiny nineteenth-century coastal settlement that is at once almost a religious community and a sect unto itself.

Babette’s Feast is a feast in itself, for the heart, the senses, and above all the spirit. At the same time, unlike many food-themed films (cf. Like Water for Chocolate; Tortilla Soup), it isn’t a voluptuous or sensual affair. It’s sensitive, funny, hopeful, and ultimately joyous; but there’s a restrained, almost ascetical quality to it, especially in the first half. Even in the climactic feast there is no collapse into epicurian dissolution. Elevation, not self- gratification, is the goal of Babette’s Feast.

– Steven D. Greydanus