What films have you watched that really evoke a sense of travel, where you get to see another country through the eyes of a traveller?
"The Worlds Fastest Indian"
Its about an Australian man who's passion is riding and designing vintage motorbikes. He's getting old and his one dream is to travel to the USA to try and break the land-speed record. Its a great tale of determination, improvisation, travelling on a tight budget and fulfilling dreams.
Perfect if you like travel
Perfect if you like motorbikes (but you don't have to)
Perfect if you like tales of people following their dreams
Watch it! You'll love it! :)
Jarrad Reply to this
Not necessarily specific movies (although Indiana Jones and the last crusade did put Petra on my list!!!) but when I see a movie and I love the look or the feel of the locations, I alway hang around to the end find out where it's filmed ... that way I can put it on 'the list'
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Yes, yes, I second AMELIE! It is just magic and captures more than just landscape or culture, but also the humanity flowing in that environment, Paris. Brilliant.
Does anyone have any suggestions for places like Romania or Hungary?
Maria Reply to this
I definetly agree on Baraka and also Painted Veil
I would like to include Memoirs of a Geisha - I really wanna see Japan because of that movie
Also, any movie that depicts the wild beauty of Jane Austen's England.
Zofka Reply to this
A Hungarian movie - Kontroller - all about the Budapest metro - and a bit of the weirder side also - was cool.
Vin Diesel's XxX - triple X - perfectly captures the the beauty and culture of Prague ;) ... joke. Reply to this
I watch alternative movies rather than main steam ones usually. They are set in all kinds of locations and countires. They often are the cause of me wanting to go to those countries.
Do you mean movie suggestions Maria? If you live in a city there will likely be an alternative store where you can rent movies set in different countries. Unfortunately they are often subtitled rather than dubbed over in English. There may also be a cinema which shows alternative movies in the city where you live.
For a Hollywood block buster suggestion for Romania you could try 'Bram Stokers Dracula''. I love that movie. I have seen it around 4 times.
Mel Reply to this
I know its been over a month since the last post, but would love to revive this.
First I second Memoirs of a Geisha, this movie was the first in a while that had me making travel plans. To add to the list:
Old: Murder on the Orient Express: the grandeur of travel in the 'luxury' days
New: Skeleton Key: the history of the Louisiana Bayou is gonna getcha.
Incredibly evocative to me: Out of Africa
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Not being American, Thelma and Louise is a travel movie to me. I have always wanted to drive through some of that beautiful scenery. Picking up Brad Pitt as a passenger wouldn't be all bad either - but not the drive off the cliff! Reply to this
"I dreamed of Africa" was a moving story about a Woman's dream to live in Africa (Kenya specifically). Yet she watches the land take all her loved ones from her. I cried at the end, it was a beautiful story. Reply to this
I'm off to Africa soon, I've watched recently:
Out of Africa, Flame Trees of Thika, The Last King of Scotland, Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond. Other's I saw years ago include: Mountains of the Moon, Born Free, Cry Freedom, Gods Must be Crazy.
And admitedly, these don't depict the reality I'll be experiencing.
Also available which I've seen and are more real are non-fiction IMAX films from Africa: Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Jane Goodall's Chimps. Reply to this
Into The Wild
Those are two of my favorite traveling movies, and two of my favorite movies in general. Usually inspiration comes from watching The Discovery Channel, History Channel, or Animal Planet. The places they go to on the shows are nothing short of amazing. Reply to this
Totally agree with Into the wild, amazing film, amazing scenery and amazing actor..
Just saw a film that would fit in the category of "travel movies". It is called "Que tan lejos", (in French, "Si loin") and it's the story of a Spanish girl who travels through Ecuador - on the way she meets an Ecuador student (travelling to Cuenca to stop her boyfriend from marrying another one), and a poor actor who is carrying his grandma's ashes to her birthplace... Very moving film and interesting scenery - never thought of going to Ecuador, but it is a beautiful place. Reply to this
The following was recommended to me last week and I ordered it on the internet.
A map for Saturday
It looks like a doccumentary about the typical backpackers one meets when travelling. I dont know why I want to see a doccumentary about people who are exactly like I am but I cant wait to watch it. :D
Mel Reply to this
Did anyone mention ANY of the Indiana Jones films yet? The romance and intrigue of far away destinations and the adventures we go on with Indiana. He is why I got into history and Anthro.
Ryan Reply to this
Into the Wild - def inspirational, I absolutely loved that movie.
'In God's Hands' - made me what to grab my board and go right then Reply to this
The Darjeeling Limited. Really good film with a great sound track and entertaining. About 4 brothers who go on a train trip through India - its more about the people but the film really made me want to go and do something like that. Reply to this