So naturally, I had to celebrate the wonderful and joyful occasion of Spicywatch's 9th birthday and invite some movie loving family and friends around to Enfield to share in some movie chatter and celebration.
This year I put the focus on International and Foreign Language Films, and I asked my guests to share a favourite clip from that category. It could be something about the dialogue, a certain scene, the costuming, the lighting, the atmosphere, the overall composition or just something that they found memorable to them. Any genre was up for discussion, it just had to be an international choice. I even included an appropriately dubbed clip with my invitations this time, check it out for yourself.
As it has been at every Spicywatch birthday occasion, we traversed all of the genres together; laughing, crying and remembering the international movie moments that have stuck with us throughout the years.
Here is a sampling of some of the movies that made it to the viewing arena this year:
- Dead Snow
- The Great Beauty
- Journey to the West
- The Little Prince
- Kung Fu Hustle
- The Mermaid
- Let the Right One In
- Another Round
- The City of Lost Children
- Babette's Feast
- Hunting and Gathering
- Pom Poko
- Life is Beautiful
- Bahu Bali
- The Worst Person in the World
- Spirited Away
- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Many thanks to the special people who gave up their Saturday evening and made the very cold journey out to Enfield to share the celebration of Spicywatch.com with me, your presence is always a wonderful and treasured gift. And please make sure that you keep on viewing because I am rounding the 1,000 review mark and we will definitely need to celebrate that when it happens!
Release Date: 1987
Running Time: 103 mins
A Danish drama film directed by Gabriel Axel and the first Danish film to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Steeped in charm and delivered with a melancholic undertone, Babette's Feast is a timeless Scandinavian film that explores relationships, passions and devotion.
In the late 19th century, two pious sisters in a Danish village have their lives changed forever when they take in a French refugee called Babette. Babette, who works for the sisters as a servant, comes into a large sum of money and wants to repay the sisters for their generosity by cooking a feast for them and their friends. But this is no ordinary feast, and the strictly religious community is about to experience something new and transformative.
This film nourishes the senses completely, it is delightful and profound and utterly unforgettable. Stephanie Audran is mesmerising as Babette and the entire experience of this film is genuinely moving and lovely. Babette's Feast is a film that should not be missed.
FINAL SAY: An artist is never poor.
4 Chilli Peppers