Lost In Translation’s a modern classic about, first and foremost, being immersed in a foreign culture. Bob’s an American actor visiting Tokyo to film an advert – during his stay he meets Charlotte, a recent university graduate who’s feeling similarly disorientated by the world around her. The two develop a friendship as they explore Tokyo together.
The film is a slow burner so don’t expect it to be action-packed; it’s the cinematic style and the emotional plot that makes it so great. Plus, we love anything to do with Japan, so it’s a ten out of ten from us.
If you’ve currently got the urge to step out your front door and never see your house again, here’s the film for you. Into the Wild tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a man who travelled across North America (we’re talking hiking and hitchhiking) into the Alaskan wilderness. With an award winning soundtrack and stunning nature shots, if this film doesn’t feed your wanderlust we’re not sure what film will.
If you like the sound of exploring the wilderness but think Into the Wild sounds a bit serious then Hunt for the Wilderpeople may be the film to you. Ricky’s an antisocial 13-year old living with foster parents on a remote farm in New Zealand, after it seems like he might be taken away, he tries to fake his own death. His foster father going to look for him leads to police confusion that Ricky has been abducted.
The result? A bonding experience between two socially awkward characters as they become fugitives living out in the New Zealand bush. While the plot may sound quite serious, this is a hidden comedy gem and it’s difficult to keep a straight face when Julian Dennison acts the role of Ricky so well.
Based on a true story, Lion tells the tale of a boy who found himself being separated by his family in India at the age of 5 and adopted by an Australian couple. He then returns to India, 25 years later, in search of his birth parents. Saroo, the film’s protagonist, finds himself uncertain of his cultural identity and it’s through this that Lion explores what it means to experience different cultures.
We wanted to get a foreign language film on here as nothing feels more like travelling than not speaking the language, right? While it’s not a travel movie, Roma captures Mexico at a key point in its past and offers a window into the country for those stuck in their bedrooms. It follows the life of a housekeeper and the family she works for during a time of political unrest. The film received its fair share of Oscars in 2019, including Best Foreign Language Film. Go with Roma if you feel like your brain is stuck in a bubble dominated by UK coronavirus news.
Although it might be hard to convince yourself you’re really travelling when you watch Madagascar, it’s an animated film ideal for lightening the mood. If you don’t know the gist of the plot, a group of animals leave an American zoo expecting to go to Africa, on the way they find themselves washed overboard and arrive together in Madagascar. It’s a film that’s now got lots of famous scenes and even if you haven’t seen it, you’re likely to find it comfortingly familiar.