Friday Movie Flashback: Five Films about Travel


To travel to the some of the most beautiful and even exotic places around the globe is one item that's surely part of everybody’s personal bucket lists. For one reason or another, however, not all of us are able to do so as often as we would want to. But don’t fret! In this week’s list, we’ll help you satisfy your wanderlust right at the comfort of your homes – all you need is one (or a couple or all!) of these excellent films! Our destinations? Rome, Vienna, Mexico, Tokyo, and the US!

Princess Ann and Gregory Peck at the Spanish Steps. Movie still via Wordpress

”Roman Holiday” (1953)
Directed by William Wyler

This award-winning romantic-comedy film starred Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann. Frustrated with her royal life, she discards her schedule and sets off on her own adventure around Rome where she meets by chance the American expat reporter Gregory Peck. In the film we see Peck and the princess visit iconic spots and landmarks such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the Mouth of Truth.

Jesse and Céline inside the Café Sperl. Movie still via The Guardian

”Before Sunrise” (1995)
Directed by Richard Linklater

The first of a trilogy, the romantic film “Before Sunrise” also features a chance encounter between two strangers. This time, it’s the American Jesse and Frenchwoman Céline (played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, respectively) who meet aboard a train from Budapest. Jesse, who is set to disembark to Vienna, manages to convince the homebound Céline to go with him on a whim and talk some more while walking around the city. While sharing with each other their various musings about life and many other things, the two visited popular Viennese attractions like the Donaukanal, the giant ferris wheel Riesenrad, the Café Sperl, and the Albertina Museum.

Tenoch, Maribel, and Julio at a secluded beach. Movie still via Blogspot

”Y Tu Mamá También” (2001)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

This Academy and Golden Globe-nominated drama/road film is set in 1999, with the political and economical conditions of Mexico at the time in the backdrop. It starred Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, and Maribel Verdú as Tenoch, Julio, and Maribel, and was highly-controversial owing to its graphic sexual content. The trio sets off to a secluded beach called “Boca del Cielo” (Heaven’s Mouth), which the two young men had only invented. Along the way, they pass through the roads of poor, rural Mexico – not really as glamorous as the other locations in this list, but interesting all the same.

Bob and Charlotte in a crowded street in Tokyo. Movie still via Fanpop

”Lost in Translation” (2003)
Directed by Sofia Coppola

The bustling Japanese capital is the setting for this film following the lives of American movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and young married woman Charlotte (Scarlett Johanson). Harris finds himself in Tokyo to film an advertisement for whiskey brand Suntory, while Charlotte is there to accompany his husband who was a celebrity photographer on an assignment. The two individuals form a friendship after meeting at the bar inside the hotel they were billeted at, and embark on an adventure around Tokyo, mainly in the districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya, as well as in the city of Kyoto.

The Hoovers on the American desert highway. Movie still via Portable

”Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)
Directed by Jonathan Dayton

Perhaps the most unlikely item in this list, “Little Miss Sunshine” is yet another road film – this time a comedy – and is the directorial debut of couple Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Its main plotline focuses on Abigail Breslin as seven-year old Olive Hoover, who’s qualified for the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant in California. With the competition happening in two days, Olive and her entire family frantically embark on a road trip aboard their beat up, yellow 1978 Volkswagen van from their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Amid family tensions and vehicular problems, the family travels through the American interstate highway.

All information in this article were sourced from the Wikipedia pages of Roman Holiday, Before Sunrise, Y Tu Mamá También, Lost in Translation, and Little Miss Sunshine.

Further reading: 'Roman Holiday' filming locations, 'Before Sunrise' filming locations, and 'Lost in Translation' filming locations

Like this article? Check out our articles from the Friday Movie Flashback series in the Lomography magazine!

written by chooolss on 2013-10-25 in #lifestyle #film #movies #lost-in-translation #y-tu-mama-tambien #friday-movie-flashback #roman-holiday #before-sunrise

One Comment

  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    I haven't watch Roman Holiday yet! Will search for it soon!

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