The Baker’s Wife


After the May 11 screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at (film tickets must be purchased separately).
Dinner begins at 7:30pm.


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(La femme du boulanger). Marcel Pagnol’s warm and
ribald comedy is based on the idea that food is the
life of a community. In a village in Provence, under
trees that cast sun-flecked shadows, local debates
are diverted when the wife of the new baker runs off
with a shepherd. The baker (played by the magnificent
Raimu) says he cannot be two things—cuckold and
breadmaker—at the same time. It behooves the
villagers to band together to find the wayward wife,
for she is their daily bread. Even the priest capitalizes
on the shepherd metaphor, but the remoteness of
the Church is counterposed to the townspeople’s
growing compassion for the uninitiated newcomer
among them.


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