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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Friday Media/Art Mix

The opposite of Ananias and Sapphira would have to be Babette Hersant, the heroine of the film "Babette's Feast." A refugee from Paris who is also a wonderful chef, Babette goes to work for two sisters who live in an austere, pietistic, Christian community that forgoes most things that are pleasurable. Babette's first act of generosity is to work for the sisters for free.

When Babette wins a large amount of money in a lottery back in France, rather than return home, she spends all of her winnings on a lavish, French feast for the ladies, their community, and guests. Their pleasure means more to her than the chance to live on her own.

The film is in Danish, but the message is timeless. Here is a clip of Babette's feast for her friends.

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