I love movies. Before I started taking freefincal seriously, I averaged about a movie every two days. I tell my students that I am cursed: If I do not watch some portion of a new movie every day, I will turn into a vampire! Movies make me happy, sad, think, exhilarated and devastated in equal measure. I watch some movies over and over and over again. Now with youtube it is possible to see select scenes any number of times.
The best movies are those that you have no idea what it is about until the last hour or 30 minutes. The best movies are those which make you learn something new each time you see it.
Babette’s Feast is a Danish movie released in 1987. What brings you happiness? Is it money? Is it devotion to god? What is the difference between being religious and being pious? The movie answers such deep questions in a subtle way that fills you with a strange sense of joy or melancholy depending on when you view it. What is extraordinary is that these answers become clear over the course of an exquisite feast prepared by Babette. It also offers fantastic points of view on love, missed opportunities and spiritualities.
Food is central to the climax of this movie. I have seen many movies centered on food (I love to watch people cook), but I cannot think of any in which food plays a crucial role in the climax.
I saw it again a couple of days back and realized that the movie is also about money or to use a much better term, It makes you ask, ‘What is true wealth?’
Here is a fantastic writeup about the movie: Babette’s Feast – A Fable for Culinary France
Have you seen this movie? If not, I strongly recommend you to watch this as soon as possible.
Here is the movie trailer and a short montage of food scenes from the film.
Clips from BFI Trailers