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10 Travel Movies You Need to Watch before Studying Abroad.

Movies are a great way to know more about the world by just sitting in your living room. These 10 movies will make you want to pack your bag and book a flight the next day.

1. Midnight in Paris

A nostalgic writer bored with his pretentious fiancée and her friends finds himself in Paris going back in time to the 1920s, an era he idolized, after every midnight. In the 1920s Paris, he gets to meet all the important literary figures of the 20s like the Fitzgeralds and Hernest Hemingway. This movie is everything that you imagined Paris would be, with outdoor cafes and timeless architecture. A Woody Allen movie about Paris, what could be better? A favorite of every literary fan.

2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Another quirky Woody Allen film tells the story of a summer love triangle in Barcelona between two American women and a romantic Spanish painter. The movie presents an interesting view on art, love and relationships. The film was shot in Barcelona, Aviles and Oviedo and heavily features the art work of Gaudi and Joan Miro.

3. Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation puts you in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. It features stunning and beautiful shots of a colorful and vivid city. If you have been abroad, you probably know exactly how the main characters feel, lost and isolated among all the cultural misunderstandings and human disconnection. A must see for those who love Japanese culture.

4. The Dajeerling Limited

One year separated after their father’s death, the three brothers go on a spiritual journey to India for a bonding experience. Much of the film was shot in Rajasthan, India. The movie reflects part of spiritual life and customs in India. Wes Anderson fans will be delighted by this artwork.

5. The Spanish Apartment

A 24 year old French student finds himself rooming with other students from England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Denmark during his exchange program in Barcelona. Among all the culture shock and new experiences, he develops friendships with his roommates while together getting over the cultural and linguistic differences. He returns to Paris becoming a different person with new life purposes. This was my favorite study abroad movie when I was in college.

6. The Talented Mr. Ripley

The cinematography of this movie is as captivating as its plot (so are the actors). The Talented Mr. Ripley is filmed in different cities in Italy: Rome, Venice, Naples. Set in the 1950s, it brings out the vintage European feel that will make you want to travel.<

7. Chocolat

Starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, Chocolat tells the story of a young mother moving to a small quiet French town and opening a chocolate shop there. While developing friendship with the people in town, she starts to change everyone’s life with her magical chocolate. The movie was shot in various parts of France and England. It is as sweet, charming and delightful as its name implies.

8. In Bruges

Shot in the Belgian city Bruges, this witty thriller features beautiful European architecture including boutique hotels and splendid churches. Famous paintings and artwork are also represented.

9. The Motorcycles Diaries

The movie follows the spiritual journey of young Che Guevara throughout South America. From an enjoyable traveling experience in the beginning it becomes an internal ideological revolution for Che as he observed the oppression and struggle of the people. The cinematography is excellent in this movie including breathtaking rural scenery of South America.

10. Into the Wild

A perfect backpacking movie. Christopher McCandless abandons his conventional life and rides into the wilderness to enjoy the isolation from the materialistic world. Despite the adorement and thrill to live in nature, his supplies are running out and he realizes true happiness can only be found when shared with others. It has a sad ending but is a truly poignant and meaningful story.

Jane Ha

Wittenberg University | 6 stories

Hey, it's Jane. I recently graduated from Wittenberg University. I'm from Hanoi, Vietnam. During the last 5 years of studying and working in the US, I traveled extensively to different parts of the country as well as several countries in Asia. I like green tea and street food.


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