foreign movies = travel inspiration?

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1. Posted by brigiboo (Full Member 22 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

has a movie set in a foreign country ever inspired you to go there? which films and why?

2. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

As obvious as this one's going to sound, I was very much thrown my the images and scenes featured in Lord of the Rings and knew I just had to go and see some of them for myself! Yes, I realise I won't see Aragorn (:)) there, but the natural scenery will do very nicely!

3. Posted by brigiboo (Full Member 22 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

anyone see monsoon wedding? (india)

4. Posted by kater (Inactive 31 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Yeah it was a great movie, i loved it. India trully sounds like an incredible place, i can't wait to go there!

5. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

The local news here in the States makes me yearn to travel away from the USA a lot, but I am not sure if that counts? :)

That "Tuscan Sun" movie a few months back has been giving me an itch to get back to Italy at some point too

6. Posted by ToAfrica (Full Member 32 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

My posting name might clue you in. "Out of Africa, " starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and based on Karen Blixen's (pen name Isak Dineson) autobiography. Beautiful, haunting movie with the backdrop of the tribal culture, wildlife, controversial British rule and natives' struggle for independence that would come later...You can still visit the Karen Blixen home outside of Nairobi. That's not why I went, but I watched the film three times before I went.
Also, many Africa fans swear by Gorillas in the Mist (Rwanda I think), Born Free and The Lion King (the latter a Disney-ized musical cartoon version but it had great music by Elton John and I loved the warthogs).

For Japan: The Last Emperor and Raise the Red Lantern.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Good question!

Anyone seen Barraka?
If not go out and get it...

Watched it in the Himilayan foothills andI've never wanted to go somewhere (Tibet ) so badly, it features many other beautiful places too though, it's an arts film kind of in celebration of the earth and occasionally humans.


8. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

nice post!
haha this is corny but Braveheart got me off me arse and travel Scotland/UK - never looked back!

also the "Bourne Identity" cuz i wanna be a spy!

9. Posted by aura_of_my (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

My first ever forum contribution...what a delightful few posts.

Kater, Brigiboo, I'd agree with you guys for India. The extremes in culture, the people, the affluence of majestic scenery, it's got it all.

First, the most serene moment i have ever experienced in life was on a houseboat in Kerela (southern India). There I was in a wooden boat, moored in the middle of the river at the dead of night, with a huge moon hovering above! A night in one of these boats costs about £35/$60 and you get a cook and driver included (and it's just you and your significant other). The meal was outstanding and came with a good few beers - the only downside was sharing the bedroom with about 12 cockroachs, one which seemed more than determined to get into my bed.

Some of the restauraunts in cities such as Bombay are outstanding. Seriously, goto any rated chinese restauraunt in Bombay and order "American Chop Sui" and you'll come away a happy chap!

I could go on and on... but it's a lovely place!

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6842 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Almodovar films helped inspire us to go to Spain last year (and particularly check out the bull rings after 'Talk to Her')!

I love watching foreign films just to see other places and hear other languages, even if I never go! Loved Monsoon Wedding too btw. and some of Mira Nair's other films, for example her documentary 'The Laughing Clubs of India' are WELL worth watching.

Cheers, Peter