Well hi there! As I hope you are aware by now, from the previous guest posts, I just come back from a trip to Australia with one of my best friends from my Auckland school days. So while I am still away (giving myself a couple days grace to get back into life in New Zealand) I have the last of my guest bloggers Dani to share some movies that will spark of your Wanderlust! Sarah-Elizabeth xoxo
Movies are a powerful source of travel inspiration and some places become even more interesting after they’re shown as part of a story told on the silver screen. There are many movies worth mentioning, but here’s a list of 7 movies to spark your wanderlust:
1. Begin Again
Young songwriter Gretta teams up with disgraced music producer Dan for an ambitious project: to record an album in public locations around New York City. Her songs are inspired by a recent break-up with singer Dave and are powerfully bittersweet, a delicate balance of heart ache and healing magic. Written and directed by John Carney, who’s also responsible for the beautiful musical Once, Begin Again features NYC as one of its main characters, a welcoming muse shinning bright on a summer day, inviting you to experience the weird déjà vu of visiting such an iconic city for the first time but feeling like you already knew it quite well all along.
18 years after Jesse and Celine met on a train to Vienna in Before Sunrise, and 9 years after they reunited on the streets of Paris in Before Sunset, we follow them along this time while on a holiday in the Greek Peloponnese peninsula. The previous movies are great too, but the location chosen for the third chapter in their relationship is truly remarkable. The colour palette rich in cool tones matches the blue sea surrounding the peninsula to Celine’s dress and Jesse’s shirt, and the dialogue is just as compelling as the idyllic scenery, from the landscapes of the Messinian part of Mani, all along to the coast of Messinia and the foot of Mt Taygetos.
Although the first movie, set in the northern English countryside, was funnier, this sequel can actually be used as a guide for places to visit, stay and eat in Italy. Rob and Steve travel from Liguria to Capri, stopping at six different places for six seriously mouth-watering meals. After each meal, Rob would make Steve guess how much their bill was and some of them were reasonably priced, considering they always ordered entrees, mains and drinks, and seemed totally worth it. Even if you’re not a big foodie, you can also drool over the landscapes, the coast and luxury accommodation.
Gil is nostalgic screenwriter who magically goes back to the 1920s every night at midnight while on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family. Mixing fantasy and reality, the movie gives a good sense of how beautiful Paris still is today, and how cool and vibrant its cultural scene has always been, with parties just as exciting nearly a century ago. The colours are warm, intensely red, and filming locations include Giverny, John XXIII Square (near Notre Dame), Montmartre, the Palace of Versailles, the Opéra, the Sacré-Cœur, the Île de la Cité itself, and streets near the Panthéon.
Carl is an experienced chef who loses his fine-dining restaurant job after a public confrontation caused by bad review goes viral. In an attempt to recover his passion, he refits a food truck and travels from Miami back to Los Angeles, becoming a sensation along the way. Road trips work so well in movies because they turn the journey into part of the adventure, the fun doesn’t start only when the characters reach their destination. If you followed Jon Favreau’s career, going from indie director to blockbuster Iron Man fame, you’ll see that Chef is quite autobiographical in a way. It’s a feel good movie, filled with great food and nice shots of southern USA.
MI6 is under attack and Bond must protect M from a past agent seeking revenge in this action packed sequel. Spy movies are notorious for showing a variety of locations and you can always count on 007 to visit the most exotic and exciting places. Skyfall won’t let you down. With sequences shot in Hashima (an abandoned Japanese island also known as Gunkanjima) and the old quarter in Istanbul, the third movie featuring Daniel Craig also has its final scenes set in the Scottish Highlands, near the peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag. The theme of ruins and desolation set the tone for the movie but make for amazing landscapes nonetheless.
Jonathan is a young Jewish American collector who travels to Ukraine in search of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis during WWII. It shows how travelling can help you reconnect with your past and understand your present, how life changing it can be and how strongly some events can resonate with everyone around you. Kicking off his journey in Odessa, driving through the Ukrainian country side and former soviet cities, now abandoned, the movie shows a touching side to Eastern Europe. The dream like cinematography show the beauty hidden inside a wooden house behind a field of sunflowers and will leave you wanting to rediscover your roots, wherever they may be.
Dani and I would like to know what other movies spark your wanderlust! (Sarah-Elizabeth)