Capricorn: Babette’s Feast (1987) directed by Gabriel Axel
Capricorn, as we’ve mentioned before, work is at the heart of your sign. You are tireless workers who gain a sense of place in the world through your career. You are also fiercely intelligent and detail-oriented, which makes for an even better employee. You will relate to many facets of the gorgeous Danish film, Babette’s Feast, a film that fits within one of my favorite cinematic canons: 80’s Baroque-inspired films, like Amadeus, The Draughtsman's Contract, and Dangerous Liaisons. However, where those films are abundant, corporal, and borderline gauche, Babette’s Feast uses similar imagery while adopting a more understated and intimate tone. The film takes place on a small island village off the coast of Denmark, inhabited by devout Protestants, two of which are sisters, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer). These sisters provide the community with a sense of luminosity, vivacity, and beauty. They are both pursued by enchanting suitors, but their strict father forbids them to marry. Decades later, the sisters still live on the island after the death of their father and employ an enigmatic French woman, Babette (Stephane Audran), as their housekeeper. While trepidatious of an outsider at first, the community on the island soon comes to admire Babette’s spirit, and the townspeople slowly relinquish their judgments and conditioning that one must always be working and remain stoic to the point of suppressing emotions. The film culminates in a grand French feast, prepared by Babette after coming into some funds. Here, the pious townspeople must choose between indulgence and emotion and stoic self-deprivation. Capricorn, I encourage you to watch this film and decide for yourself if you are withholding yourself from pleasures and emotions in favor of bottling everything up and keeping your head down. It is within the balance of pain and pleasure, work and play, that we truly live and thrive.