Analysis Of The Movie ' Babette 's Feast '

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Simplicity for God
In the movie, Babette’s Feast (Gabriel Axel 1988), the story centers around Martine and Philippa, two sisters living in a protestant parish in Jutland. For them, food is for sustenance rather than pleasure. Unexpectedly, a refugee from Paris shows up at their doorstep. The woman’s name is Babette and she is taken in by the two sisters. Having lost everything at the hands of a vengeful revolution, Babette rebuilds her life around the bland gastronomy of the parsonage. Having previously led an extravagant life in France, the food in Jutland is a shocking change. The parsonage values simplicity in order to become closer to God. By removing the temptations of food and drink, they completely devote their lives to learning about their Christian faith. They believe that man should refrain from drinking or eating for more than he needs to remain alive. The film tells the story through nonlinear editing, as it goes through a transitional period showing the sisters when they were young, and how they turned away successful suitors in order to stay with their beloved father in Denmark because “love and worth, [are] merely empty illusion.” Having himself established the small community, the father is valued by both sisters as the ultimate guide to salvation. The film focuses on the simplification of its storytelling in order to highlight the complacency towards the Holy Spirit.
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