MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Woody Allen used his mind of genius to create Midnight in Paris, a romantic and wonderful story about various real and fictional scenarios in different times around the city of love par excellence. The French capital looks magnificent in the film, with all its lights glowing in the night and trying to become the desire of all spectators. Undoubtedly, at the end of the film the only thing you want when leaving the room is to be transported by Woody Allen to some past time of beautiful Paris.
The magic and mysteries of the Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago acquire in this film a very special character. Tom Avery, an ophthalmologist from California, travels to Europe when he receives a call that announces the death of his son in the Pyrenees. During the preparations for the funeral, Tom discovers that his son was starting the Camino de Santiago but he could not make more than the first stage. Therefore, and loaded with its ashes, Tom takes his son's footsteps to walk northern Spain following the famous pilgrimage.
LOST IN TRANSLATION
Between Bob and Charlotte, characters played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, arises a relationship that may have existed only in their circumstances. Both are in Tokyo and, as the title announces, lost in a language and customs that probably represent the opposite of what we know as Western manners. Thanks to the emptiness and sadness in their lives they both start a special friendship in this Sofia Coppola's film which shows Tokyo and its reality, a city that frightens and attracts the same time.
HOW MUCH FARTHER?
Esperanza, a tourist arriving in Ecuador, meets Tristeza (meaning Sadness in Spanish) the perfect travel companion for touring the country. Together they embark themselves on an adventure that will make them admire the contrasts of Ecuador and that will take them through an absolute traveler philosophy to know a part of themselves that they even imagined. The film was well received in different parts of the world but it was mostly in Ecuador where it reached unparalleled success. The film shows beaches, villages and mountains of eight provinces of Ecuador and remained in theaters for more than 24 weeks.
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is visiting Europe to meet his girlfriend. Upon arrival, she leaves him and he decides to take a tour through the continent that will take him to Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train to Budapest. However, Jesse gets to convince her to stop in Vienna and enjoy one night together talking about such existential issues like life, death and sex. Both know that they will have to leave each other at sunrise but, at that time, the two decide to meet again six months later in the same place. The film had two sequels with the same actors and characters: Before Sunset (2003) and Before Midnight (2013).
L'auberge espagnole is the original title of a Spanish-French film which represents a cult movie for travelers. It tells the story of Xavier, an economics student who dreams of being a writer, while spending a year in Barcelona thanks to the famous Erasmus University program that many Europeans take to enjoy a different country. Through his adventures in the city, it is easy to see how the freedom of traveling slowly changes the mindset of the characters. Thanks to its success, the film features two subsequent sequels: Russian dolls and Chinese Puzzle.
The film adaptation of Broadway hit about the music group ABBA was a resounding success due to various factors. Having Meryl Streep as the main character is, of course, one of them. Besides, the catchy and familiar songs and a love story that everyone wish to live make it a remarkable film. However, what make absolutely happy any traveler who is enjoying the film are the wonderful landscapes of the Greek Islands. Mamma Mia! is a fun and enjoyable film to fly away with the white and blue island of Skopelos.
INTO THE WILD
Based on the best seller by Jon Krakauer and directed by Sean Penn, Into the Wild is not only a physical journey but also emotional, in which the main character decides to become a globetrotter fleeing the customs and style life of the place in which he grew up. And so, the story takes us around the United States until the character decides to live in an old abandoned bus in Alaska. What happens there and how he survives can mark the spectator forever.
A PERFECT PLAN
There is a curse in Isabelle's family (played by Diane Kruger): true love is always the second marriage. Therefore, and as Isabelle is sure that the man who will be her first husband is the love of her life, decides to secretly marry the first man she find in her way. What she can not imagine is that this man is a travel reporter and that she will marry him in Africa and they will get divorced... in Russia. A romantic comedy that invites you to travel through unknown places and to discover unsuspected beauty and secret loves.
THE BEST EXOTIC HOTEL MARIGOLD
Based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Mogach, the film traces the journey of a group of retirees to India to invest their pension plans to live and enjoy what's left of their life in an exotic hotel. However, the exotism becomes tragedy when they realize that the hotel is not what they expected. Finally they discover the charm of the aromas and colors of India and they get used to the relaxed way of life of its people. A beautiful movie with a very good cast that includes, among others, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel.