Babette’s Feast (1987) – Movies I’m thankful for
Since I was on my own for Thanksgiving I thought I would start watching movies I’m thankful for. I was intending to get through all the movies Thanksgiving weekend, but that didn’t happen. So I’m giving myself till the end of the year.
I had to decided what does it mean to be thankful for a movie? It’s not necessarily a favorite movie, or one I can watch multiple times (I’m looking at you Thor : Raganrok). It’s a movie that had an impact on me, most often emotionally.
I started with Babette’s Feast which is going to be a Thanksgiving tradition. Like Die Hard is to Christmas, Babette’s Feast is to Thanksgiving.
The movie takes place in Denmark in the 1870s. Two elderly sisters tend to their late father’s congregation. They both had suitors when they were younger, but chose to stay by their father’s side. But fractions are starting appear among the small congregation. Old transgressions bubble to the surface.
Then Babette appears on the sister’s doorstep. She is fleeing the French civil war. Her husband and son have both been killed. Babette becomes housekeeper to the sisters and adopts the austere lifestyle of the community.
Years later Babette asks to cook the meal for a special occasion. What follows is a pent up artist unleashed. An opportunity to relive what was thought lost. A meal so powerful that it unwittingly brings the congregation back together.
I am thankful for this movie for one simple reason. It brings me joy every time I watch it. It’s like dinner with friends, it never gets old.
Also, there’s some killer hand knits.
Up next…The Sting