Second Criterion: Babette's Feast

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The first time I watched Babetteā€™s Feast, I must admit I misconstrued its themes. Here was a story that coalesced two opposing ways of living life and I was quick to see one as better than the other, when the film actually builds to something else entirely, a different way altogether of understanding life. One way seeks earthly achievements, another spiritual achievements, but neither amount to much by the end of the film.

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