Babette’s Feast gives much food for thought

While working on a “food” program for my Just Dorothy film presentations, I thought it good to once again feast my eyes (pun intended) on the 1987 drama, Babette’s Feast. (My copy is with subtitles.) Babette is the first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

imagesBabette, a French refugee has a letter of introduction requesting she live with the elderly sisters. Though reluctant, the sisters let her stay, albeit with her Catholic faith and agreeing to take no pay to serve them.

Fourteen years pass. The sisters tell Babette they are planning a dinner to celebrate their late father’s 100th birthday, a simple dinner of course. Babette offers to prepare and serve the dinner as long as she has full responsibility. images-2Oh, my gosh! What happens next is enough to make one join the group just to sit at the table. And, their reactions? No spoilers here. Don’t miss this delightful film with more than plenty of food (yes, pun intended) for thought!

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Only 100 Feet to the best food and rondezvous!

Helen Mirren stars in the Hundred-Foot Journey

Helen Mirren stars in the Hundred-Foot Journey

Thank heavens my friend Jean Sanford recommended that I see Hundred-Foot Journey, a 2014 film starring Helen Mirren. Being a foodie, I can’t believe I missed this fabulous film that stirred every emotion in me. While I found myself tugging for the family from India who had strayed to France for freedom and to begin anew, I sympathized with those across the street, offering memorable meals to their regulars. Suffering from the usual NIMBY (not in my back yard) folks who shunned foreigners, the family struggled opening their restaurant and Mirren’s team was ready for the competition. The drama focused on the two businesses and the tender attraction between a French gal and Indian young man. I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to know these people—above all, I wanted to eat their food! Check it out and see if you agree.