This is one of my very favorite movies. I had the joy of watching this with D17 not long ago when he was on the couch feeling sick…he didn’t have the strength to resist my entreaties to watch with me this slow-moving, foreign language-with-English subtitles film. I think he enjoyed it. What I loved most this time around was the subtlety of the performances. I loved watching the faces.
And this time around I had a good time thinking about the way the film-makers used the worldly-wise General who sat at table with the little community of faith and identified the vintage of the wines and the provenance of the entree–information which went over the heads of his table-mates–and this yokel (the carriage driver) who sat in a corner of the glowing kitchen and enjoyed heartily whatever Babette gave him. They served as foils to help us vicariously enjoy the feast while we watched how the meal affected the pious villagers who had vowed not to enjoy it.
It’s such a wonderful film. You all should rent it and watch it and tell me if you loved it.