Here below are 7 brilliant movies that leave you flitting from place to place.
Into The Wild (2007)
Based on the book by John Krakuaer, the true story of a student who renounced all worldly possessions to go exist in the wild – this film will probably stay with you forever. Directed by Sean Penn and shot widely across the U.S, Into The Wild stars Emile Hirsch in a heart-rending and heart-winning performance (forget about the Oscars for this one).
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Based on the memoirs of a road trip taken by Che Guevara and his friend, The Motorcycle Diaries navigates through the splendor of South America. Directed by Walter Salles, this beautifully textured and awe-inspiring film stars Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna in lead roles.
With a panoramic view of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S, Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling novel ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’. It stimulates her own story and self-discovery after the demise of her mother. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (of Big Little Lies fame), the film stars Reese Witherspoon – her performance was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Lost In Translation (2003)
A simple yet soulful story, Lost In Translation captures life’s little travel experiences that leave a lasting impression. Compassionately shot in Tokyo, Japan – the film is written and directed by Sofia Coppola and stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, who make the film even more endearing. Lost In Translation is one of my personal favourites purely because of the simplicity and depth of its story – not to mention its calming cinematography.
Attached to stunning landscapes across North India, Highway is the heartfelt journey of a likely (or unlikely) relationship. Going beyond the Stockholm syndrome, it draws you to a sense of freedom that travel can induce. The ingenious Imtiaz Ali is at the helm, with powerhouse performances from Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt. Alia won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
The name says it all. Beautiful people in beautiful Barcelona! Directed by the wondrous Woody Allen, this lusciously golden and sun-drenched film surrenders to the simplicities and complexities of relationships. It stars Penelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem. Scintillating and stunning in it, Penelope Cruz won The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
A road trip amongst friends, acquaintances and anonymity – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara urges you to take the leap of ‘travel’. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, this wildly entertaining film features Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin and Katrina Kaif. It won the Filmfare Award for Best Film.
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St. Augustine
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped