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Two amazing films Chocolat and Babettes Feast reveal the importance and magical power of food and cooking.

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REL 410 Special topics: Faith and Film Monika Viskontaite Essay Assignment March 30, 2012 Chocolat and Babette's Feast Abraham Maslow developed a hierarchy of basic human needs. There are five basic needs which influence our life and the way we behave. It is not a surprise that in a first place he puts Biological and Physiological needs: air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep. (Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, 2010). Two amazing films Chocolat and Babette's Feast reveal the importance and magical power of food and cooking. Not everybody is able to cook in the same way as Vianne Rocher, the unmarried mother of a small daughter or Babette a cook from Paris (main actresses in the films). "Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music." (Julia Child, 2012). I noticed that both women use the same spice for every meal they cook - it is Love. ...read more.


I still remember how fun it was when the wife got back to the store at asked for the chocolate - "give me all as much as you have". Another man was inspired to confess to local widow that he has adored her for a long time. Josephine found enough strength to leave her abusive husband. Babette's Feast is very similar to the film Chocolat. Babette is a cook from Paris, who was sent by an opera singer from Philippa's past. Philippa and Martina are two spinsters (sisters), daughters of a priest who followed a strict puritanical rule and thought his daughters to live in the same way. After his death the daughters had carried out father's traditions of selflessness, the single life (they never got married) and good works. Accepting Babette into their life was weird and unusual, maybe they even felt that it may be against their beliefs. Babette, like Vianne brought changes and gossips into the religious village too. People were afraid of changes, or they simply did not know the life outside the frames they created by themselves. ...read more.


Besides the love for cooking there is one more very important connection between those two movies. At the end of the fill Vianne felt the wind - the same wind which usually means time for changes, move to other place. However, she was like a invaluable diamond for people living in that village and they didn't want to let her go so easily. Then Vianne realized that this village will be new home for her and Anouk. Meanwhile, Philippa and Martina had no doubt that after the celebration Babette will go to Paris and leave them. For their surprise Babette was not even planning to do it. There is a saying "Your home is there, where your heart is", for Babette it was living together with Philippa and Martina. I loved that one of the sisters said that one day Babette will be cooking for the angels in the sky; this is how talented she is. "We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience, and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks". ...read more.

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