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Babette’s Feast

Introduced by the Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol

About the film

Beautiful but pious sisters Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa's former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook. Babette's lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family's dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.

About the speaker

The Dean is head of the Cathedral Foundation, he chairs the Cathedral Chapter, and with the Chapter directs the mission and ministry of the cathedral. He exercises leadership in the cathedral's worship, preaching and prayer. He represents the cathedral in the diocese and is a crucial important point of contact between the city and the diocese. He is the senior priest in the diocese and shares in the Bishop's oversight of the diocese. 

A copy of The Dean's introductory presentation can be found here.