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 indie film Last Stop For Paul is the best movie about travelling that I've seen. Check out www.laststopforpaul.com or I got it on Netflix. It's about two guys who travel around the world spreading their dead friend's ashes but it's actually a fast paced comedy. It really evoked the sense of moving and seeing more that I get from my personal travels. I strongly reccomend it!
L'Auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) about a group of 20 somethings from all over Europe living together in an apartment in Barcelona. Cultural misunderstandings and hilarity ensues... and it's sequel Les Poupees Russes (The Russian Dolls).
I agree with Darameja. I have seen "Into the wild" couple weeks ago and I think it´s just so great. When you are watching the movie you really want to pack your things and just go somewhere into the wild ...
A couple of small budget American indie films...both fairly recent.
Americano -- A group of young American friends backpack around Spain (actual footage of the actors "in character" running with the bulls in Pamplona), fall in love, ponder life after college, etc.
The Art of Travel -- Young man calls off his wedding and spends his honeymoon money backpacking through South America. For a shoestring budget movie, they really captured some fantastic footage, especially of Macha Picchu.
... I found both on Netflix. I doubt they're very widely distributed.
A personal favorite of mine is Bill Murray's remake of The Razor's Edge, a story of a young man haunted by WWI who travels Paris during the 20's and India searching for the meaning of life. And speaking of Bill Murray, Lost in Translation has always made me want to visit Tokyo.
This is the story of Rita, a beautiful Moroccan girl, who falls in love with Youri. The problem is that he is Jewish and neither family approve of their relationship. It's very Romeo + Juliet but with a twist AND it is set in the sprawling and breathtaking Casablanca. This movie was one of the best foreign films I have watched in a while !
Between Living and Dreaming
Ana, a spanish middle-aged woman, decides to go after her love from 30 years ago. So she leaves Barcelona and heads to Paris where she stays with Jean-Francois. This eccentric man helps her find her old lover but along the way he develops feelings for her. Quite funny and the scenery is beautiful.
Those films are exactly the sort of thing I like Ashley. Hopefully there will be something like them showing in the Film Centre in Dublin when I go there in a couple of weeks. 😊 Now, I cant wait to see a couple of films.
And I just read Carys descriptions of films. They look good too. I really need to see more film. So many good ones.
"Pirayes of The Carribean" is realy fantastic perfect film where it is possible to look after shocking landscape of the Caribbean sea and becomings over palms wild and beckoning islands. To view of this film submerge in the atmosphere of a long ago past heroic times
Lost in Translation has always made me want to visit Tokyo
A lot of people didn't 'get' or like Lost in Translation but for us it summed up travelling in certain parts of Asia. Bill Murray was great, that vacant jet lagged look on his face while surrounded by people talking in a language he didn't understand. The bit when he is in the shower too when he is too tall for the fixed shower head cracked us up because we have found this so many times! As soon as we watched this film it made us want to go back to Asia straight away.
Of course Indiana Jones inspired us to put Petra on the list, Motorcycle Diaries for South America, Hero and House of Flying Daggers inspired us to visit China and recently, although it didn't get good reviews, The Bucket List. It made us discuss doing all the travel we want before it's too late for us to enjoy it, well if we had our way we'd travel forever!
Now we are away and have been for a long time we now find British films fascinating, wanting to see the 'culture' and how it's changed...although we do confess we are beginning to find it difficult to understand British accents...help! Recent ones have been This is England (a look at 'skinheads' in the 1970's), London to Brighton (a really disturbing film) and the Football Factory (with Elijah Wood, about football hooligans). But I don't think these would really inspire people to visit Britain!
Ah yes ! i second bucket list - it wasnt the best movie i had ever seen but it did make you want to travel.
a film that im really looking forward to seeing is "When in Rome" which is due to be released next year starring Kristen Bell. Even if the storyline fails, the scenery cant be too bad !!
I have to say that my favorite movies about traveling are:
• Into the Wild
• The Motorcycle Diaries
• A Map for Saturday
The last one is a documentary made by a fellow world traveler. He backpacked around the world for a year with a video camera documenting other travelers and his experiences. Its an amazing look into the mind of a world traveler.
There are many other movies in which the scenery makes me long to travel to those destinations.
I'm going on my first solo RTW trip in February. I come from a small, isolated American town and this is pretty much unheard of. My family is absolutely terrified of me traveling alone into "strange" countries. I bought A Map of Saturday and showed it to them and it eased their worries quite a bit. They grasp the concept of the backpacker community and the hosteling experience much better now.
I just watched 'A map for Saturday' a few weeks ago. It is quite amazing how much the guy who made the film noticed about backpackers despite being a first time traveller.
A Map for Saturday is definitely worth checking out and for some bizarre reason, Amelie. haha