Thursday, November 18, 2010

Babette's Feast

I recently watched Babette's Feast after learning about the film from reading The Hungry Soul. The main contention in this book is that eating amongst one's loved ones is not just about feeding the body but also about feeding the soul. This theme is perfectly portrayed in Babette's Feast, which is a Danish film made in the late 1980's. As we enter the Thanksgiving season, it is a most poignant reminder of the celebration and ritual of gathering with friends and family to feast together not merely for the sake of the food alone.

The following video contains a New York Times critic highlighting the importance of Babette's Feast:

"Beasts feed: man eats: the man of intellect alone knows how to eat."

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."

- Brillat-Savarin

1 comment:

GingerLand said...

I love this movie! Thanks for reminding me of its perfect theme for this time of year. It definitely warrants a reviewing.

Though I don't pipe up much here in the comments, I'm always enjoying reading about your life there and travels as well as what books and such that have you thinking. One of these days, as soon as time permits, we're still planning to get over there for a visit. (Maybe when the hubs is done with school. If we're doing Europe, we want to do it right = plenty of time to see everything!)

Hope you're doing well, and happy holiday season!

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