305 Movies That Make You Want To Travel: Part I

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Well, we're destination wedding photographer and videographer.
We traveled 62,498km in 2016 and 126,543km in 2017 and another 100,000km in 2018. It's not really a surprise to anyone that we love traveling.

We are also deeply in love with cinema. So when these two things collide, a whole new universe in your head is exploding. 

It was a Sunday evening in early February 2018 when our three month old baby girl Alexia was sleeping and Tara and I were looking for a light-hearted movie about travel to ease our unquenchable thirst for travel and adventure.

The struggle is real.
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We simply have watched way too many movies, so Tu had to do some more intensive searching for quite a while and after that we came up with the idea of writing an extensive blog post listing "some" (if 296 is qualified as some) movies that may spark others' wanderlust and spare them the time of digging the good old Google?

Many of these films below are not strictly road movies, while many other films are not straight up movies about traveling and road trip. Some of them are great and classic, some don't have necessarily a solid story with cliche plot and characters are boring but it's not the point since this isn't a best-of list. The real star we have in common here is the stunning setting of landscapes, natures and sceneries, cities and cultures, cuisines, people that make we fall in love with traveling all over again! 

P/S: TV Series and documentaries are not included.

See: Part II  / Part III / Part IV / Part V


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Nowhere in Africa / 2001 / Kenya

Everything about this movie is well done, the music, acting and especially the cinematography. We've shot a wedding in Kenya and this made us long for more. Fortunately the tribal life in rural Kenya is neither glorified as the only and true way of living, nor is it shown with the arrogance of the western people. It oozes out of authenticity!

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Out of Africa / 1985 / Kenya

Well, I have a love/hate relationship with this film. It was critical acclaimed with 7 Academy Awards and commercially successful. But from a few Kenya friends we met during our trip to Kenya, they don't like the film's depiction about Kenya. That being said, the cinematography and music score is incredible. Gorgeous African vistas serve as a backdrop. The components of cinematic success are all there but in our opinion, it could be better than that. Nevertheless, still a must see film for people who love Africa!

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The English Patient / 1996 / Tunisia, Tuscany

Tu always love the mood of Anthony Minghella's films and this film is not an exception: there is so much to see and appreciate, even after multiple viewings, from cinematography, acting, story, characters' depth and development.

The cinematographer John Seale captures the landscape perfectly; not since David Lean's magnificent 'Lawrence of Arabia' has a film shown a desert with such beauty and grandeur that makes us long for North Africa!

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Lawrence of Arabia / 1962 / Morocco

This masterpiece epic doesn't need any introduction.  Sweeping, epic and literate version of British adventurer and soldier T E Lawrence's experiences in Arabia during the First World War. 

Set against a backdrop of the Arabian desert, David Lean frames the screen like a painter paints a canvas with the help of Freddie Young's stunning cinematography to bring Lean's vision to life.

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Babel / 2006 / Morocco, Japan, Mexico, USA

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. Not only the director makes full use of the different backdrops to bring the setting alive but the characters are connected, deep and insightful, breathtaking cinematography and the thematic story is complex. Great film!

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The Sheltering Sky / 1990 / Morocco

We're sure that travelers will love this film because of the freedom it shows on the road. Someone may argue that The Sheltering Sky is a bit dull at times but it's the matter of perspective. Great photography, great setting, great character with a long, slow-paced story will make you immerse in the beauty of Morocco. Bertolucci makes you fully understand what it is like to travel for weeks through the desert! Although the novel is better though!

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Hotel Rwanda / 2004 / Rwanda

We've never been in Rwanda before but after watching this movie, we feel that it was an excellent reproduction of what Rwanda is like. Not just a feel good kind of film with beautiful imagery but very well made and directed. Please see this and let it inspire you as it did me - to try cultivate selfless actions.

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Cairo Time / 2009 / Cairo

Cairo Time is beautifully filmed - like a love poem about Egypt. The slower pace is perfect for the audience to slow down and breathe, to enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and sink into the feeling of the movie. Great cinematography, music, acting, background, mood overall. Not the best of a masterpiece but we do enjoy this romance film very much.

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The African Queen / 1951 / Uganda

A classic that needs no introduction. Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn did a great job together, with great chemistry. During world war I In the jungle of East Africa, a village is destroyed by German. Charlie is in charge of running supplies to the village. He returns after the attack and finds out that Rose has survived the attack. Her brother was killed in the attack, so Charlie offers to take her on his small steamboat called The African Queen back to civilization and it's one of the most captivating adventure/love stories ever put on film.

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Hatari / 1962 / Tanzania

Hatari tell the story about a group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways. Well, If you love scenery, Africa, wild animals, exotic adventure, full of action, comedy... this is the perfect film for you! One of John Wayne's best, non-western, movies, but the real stars here are the animals. A must see classic.

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Blood Diamond / 2004 / Mozambique

An undeniably powerful film from talented director Edward Zwick. The film is in general well done, with great performances, well-written characters, good research and, above all, shocking messages. But be warned, "Blood Diamond"is a tough film to watch.

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Savage Harvest / 1981 / Tanzania

It's sort of a Jaws-like thriller but involves killer lions and is set on the veldts of Kenya. It features an American family under siege by the cats and it is these scenes that really make the movie. Its aged a bit, but this is still a better than average film in the same genre.

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The White Masai / 2005 / Kenya

This is an okay movie even with its flaws. The Swiss Carola had a crush on the Samburu warrior Lemalia  while traveling by ferry in the last day of her two week vacation in Kenya with her boyfriend Stefan. She talked to Lemalian and on the next morning, instead of returning to Biel in Switzerland, Carola decided to leave Stefan and seek out Lemalian.

Director Hermine Huntgeburth did a marvelous job in recreating a story that is based on the real Carola's experiences in Africa. Beautiful cinematography and sceneries!

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Nairobi Half Life / 2012 / Kenya

Nairobi Half Life does not have an original story. A young kid from rural Kenya with dreams of moving to the bustling city of Nairobi and becoming an actor. What immediately differentiates it from other films is how it casts an unforgiving realistic eye on the protagonists life and actions. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a different African cinematic experience.

With strong performances from the casts, alongside and solid screenplay and awesome directing, welcome to a 96-minute class introducing Nairobi - especially the dark side. Throw away all your tourist guidebooks! This is it!

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Born Free / 1966 / Kenya

Set in Kenya in the 1960's, and based on factual events, the film is the story of how a young orphaned lion cub is rescued by a British colonial couple who run a wildlife sanctuary and then prepared for a return to the wild. The scenery is spectacular and the film brings you the atmosphere of the great African wildlife on its last glorious days.


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Doctor Zhivago / 1965 / Russia

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. Based on one of the greatest novel, director David Lean goes further and makes a film that is moving and unforgettable in every respect.

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A Good Year / 2010 / Provence (France)

Someone said, "In France,  food tastes better. The women are naturally beautiful. Walks are more romantic. Wine is more complex." A film that set in France with beautiful scenery is capable to do the same thing, that makes the movie more enjoyable and less a mess that it's actually is. "A Good Year" is not a bad film but full of cliche and brings nothing new to the table. But still, the charm of Provence is irresistible.


Magic in the moonlight / 2014 / South of France

Not Woody Allen's best film of course. Not even close, but all in all a pleasant flick.  Fans of '20s jazz will love the soundtrack. One thing I love about Allen's films is he know how to make the location really pop out. The scenery of the French Riviera and the cinematography of Darius Khondji who has managed to capture the essence of Paris in "Midnight in Paris", Rome in "To Rome with Love" and now the South of France.

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Midnight in Paris / 2011 / Paris

Another Woody Allen's film. Although his films are not consistent, Midnight in Paris was definitely a great come back! Great cinematography, classic music, french food, french culture - they are all their fine forms. Personally, I love this film - it reminds me of Stardust Memories, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and a bit of Annie Hall. Paris, the most visited city on earth has never looked so stunning and it inspired me a lots when I shot a wedding film in Paris back in 2016.

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The Ottoman Lieutenant / 2017 / Turkey

I was not too crazy about this film. The story is all over the place and there really isn't much of a screenplay or character development. The only thing that kept my eyes glued to the screen is the stunning Turkish scenery. But I guess that would be enough of a strong sure for the thirst of travel.


The talented Mr. Ripley / 1999 / Italy

We're deeply in love with all films of Anthony Minghella, especially The Talented Mr. Ripley (we haven't read the book before watching the film). This is so perfect, despite its flaws. It's entertaining and thoughtful and emotional complex at the same time. A fine ensemble performance by an award winning cast: Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. Splendid Story although different from the book. And don't even let us start talking about the scenery. Good stuff!

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Soul Kitchen / 2009 / Hamburg

Most of the german contemporary films are trash. But Fatih Akin is not one of them - he's one of the most interesting german filmmakers at the moment. The story revolves around a restaurant and club called Soul Kitchen and the troublesome life of its owner Zinos. He has to overcome many struggles involving his girlfriend, his brother and the authorities. The film is set in the heart of the northern German city of Hamburg - it makes Tu miss Hamburg (his favorite city in Germany) so much.

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Under the Tuscan sun / 2003 / Tuscany

There is only one word to describe Under the Tuscan sun: regular romance chick flick. Kind of feel good film. Not that we complaint. We love Tuscany and this film has captured the look, feel, and taste of the region wonderfully. While the acting is not too bad, the screenplay may need a lots of work, the direction is okay but the real gem of this movie is in vicariously fulfilling every traveller's dream.

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The Secret Garden / 1993 / England

Cinematic haven. This is everything a family film you could ask for but rarely is: a truly magical experience that transports us into its own little world. Ain't that also the purpose of traveling? To read more than one page of a book? The eerie, gothic and gorgeous scenery is perfect. The Secret Garden restores your faith in movie-making integrity, echoing the beauty and simplicity of movies of the past and yet, is still entertaining.

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Far from the madding crowd / 2015 / England

Although we don't particularly love this film - we think this movie is a very solid adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. Acting is good and the cinematography is both luscious and modern.

If you know the director Thomas Vinterberg, you know that his films are raw and revolutionary. Far from the Madding Crowd? Not as much. Either way, this movie is an appealing way to spend two hours investigating English class, scenery, gender, and social issues in the 1870s.     

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L' avventura / 1960 / Italy

Antonioni is a master and his films have such a haunting feeling and deep affect on the subconscious. The characters are deliberately shallow and are placed at the very foreground of every shot, yet the backgrounds are rich tableaux bustling with life.

We don't recommend this film to everyone because it requires a lots of our attention spans which is reduced heavily by mainstream blockbuster. But if you fancy a challenge, go.

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Malena / 2000 / Sicily

Giuseppe Tornatore in one the most known today's directors outside Italy (are we right?), not only because he won the Oscar with the amazing "Cinema Paradiso" but also because his films are quite clever, and touching, yet and easy to relate and absorb. 

The story is excellent - simple and straight forward, has no ending - just like life. Just an endless stream of collected moments. And the most important bonus: a picturesque, authentic coastal town of wartime Sicily.

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The legend of 1900 / 1998 / Italy

The movie is definitely unique in this list because it was not set in a particular place, instead it told a story about a man who spends his entire life on board an ocean liner and who plays piano like a genius. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, this is a beautiful film: the story, cinematography, direction and perfect performance by Tim Roth. The story is told with a poetic lyricism that anyone can easily fall in love with or at least resonate to, especially for people who love music. Do watch the Italian version! (160 minutes long)

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Cinema Paradiso / 1988 / Sicily

Another film of Giuseppe Tornatore. He made a lots of film that set in Sicily - where he was born and raised and Cinema Paradiso is hand down the best. Because of its simplicity. Its authenticity. Story doesn't even matter when you can deliver such a masterpiece like this. We watched and watched this film over and over again and each time we're so carried away to a small village in Sicily, Southern Italy, where the dreams of a small boy come true and we can join his spellbinding journey. This is a film for those with a heart.

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Chocolat / 2001 / France

We must say we have a soft spot for Lasse Hallström's films, even though many of them are not something life-changing or a masterpiece. Like chocolate, sometimes it's not necessarily good for your body, but hmm yummy... The film is set in a small village in France in 1959, but it might just as well be a century or more before, for all the intrusion of modern times and technology in the story. Beautiful shots make this kind of fairy tale for adults... Now some viewers may have a problem with the so-called hidden agenda covered under the sweet chocalate but us? We just want to enjoy the beautiful rural France hundred years ago and it was stunning.

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Baaria / 2009 / Sicily (Italy)

This is our least favorite film of Giuseppe Tornatore. Some reviews said, "The superficiality of "Baaria" is disguised by alluding to great themes with heavy "artistic" moments, dream like, magic realism, slow motion, but at the end of the day the superficiality shows up."
But damn, Sicily still looks so gorgeous. What a beautiful looking film!  

Now, all said and done I will urge you to see it and make up your own mind.


The great beauty / 2013 / Rome

"The Great Beauty" is set in Rome. Therefore, the "eternal city" is prominently featured, so much and so long that it makes you think that "Rome" could be probably credited among the actors, at least for a supporting role, as "herself". But in all honesty: this is not a film about the beauty of the so-called immortal city, but about the constant research of beauty and meaning in life by an "old" intellectual.
Superb acting performance, great story, top notch cinematography and music, this was one of our favorite movies back in 2013!

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The hundred-foot journey / 2014 / France

So this is a kind of feel good movie that one will enjoy it throughly. The film is set in south France, and narrates a clash of two beautiful cultures: India & France. Again directed by Lasse Hallström, adapted from Richard Morais' 2010 novel of the same name, it is about a battle of two restaurants in a village: one by an Indian family and the other, a lofty Michelin-starred restaurant. 
So if you want to spend two hour looking at a (standard) yet solid story, beautiful settings and delicious food, this is it.

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Life is beautiful / 1997 / Italy

This one is already a classic. Set in the time of Nazis and the Holocaust but it's not what's the film about. "Life is Beautiful" is a film about love, optimism, courage and inner strength. The story is not realistic but utterly moving.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona / 2008 / Barcelona

Woody Allen's recent films can be miss or hit and we think "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" could be a solid summer entertainment, although it's far from as good as some of his other films like "Midnight in Paris" or "Manhattan"...

The scenery is postcard perfect: churches, houses, art museums, the countryside, the intimate city streets and touristy details make you feel like you are visiting Barcelona along with Woody Allen and his actors. That's something he seemed to always nail it with every film.

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Amelie / 2001 / Paris

The director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a modern day master and although Amelie is based on a rather ordinary and plain story everyone can relate to, but it is given to us in a very special kind of way, mixed with wonderful little subplots and an almost chaotic amount of details. This is pure craftsmanship and we as photographers/videographers could learn so much just by watching over and over again. Cinematography is perfect, acting is perfect, music is perfect, one of those films that can create their own universe. And of course Paris, this is the Paris everyone's talking about but never able to see.

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Knockin' on heaven's door / 1997 / Germany

Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to Batic Sea. Probably the last 500km of their life. Drunk and still in pajamas they steal the first fancy car they find, a 60's Mercedes convertible which happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters. 
Following this, there were a lots of "bucket list" road movies that have been created until now, but this was and still is an excellent film that blends facets of gangster, buddy, road movie, comedy and drama genres perfect together. 

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The Grand Budapest hotel / 2014 / Germany

Saying "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will channel your inner wanderlust seems a bit far-fetched, for most of the locations in the film was man-made miniature on film set. Yet It's a perfect holiday without leaving home. To my non-european friends, welcome to 30's Europe without jet lag. Wes Anderson is millennials' darling director nowadays and although his style is not original, it's distinctive at the moment and after each film, he made it to perfection.

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To Rome with love / 2012 / Rome

Well, It's not the best Woody Allen's film, although quite enjoyable. The film contains four Independent Stories of Love and Dreams in Rome. We have seen Woody Allen's love letters and tributes to New York City, London, Barcelona, and Paris so Rome is not an exception for people who love traveling, cities, good moments and of course, the breathtakingly beautiful Rome.

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La Mome / 2007 / Paris

First of all, biopic can be somewhat formulaic and boring but this is quite a good one - Marion Cotillard as Piaf was a dream to watch. So was Paris and France. Cotillard and the setting, they are like the main actress and actor, the tour de force of this film, perfect, hearty and inspired.

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The secret life of Walter Mitty / 2013 / Iceland, Greenland

Tu has a leather wallet just like the one Sean gifted Walter. This movie was inspiring, and at the same time was responsible for mass tourism booming in Iceland for the last few years! 

The concept - an ordinary dreamer finally be able to exploring the whole wide world - is something most of us can relate to. Beautiful soundtrack, solid acting from Ben Stiller and beautiful cinematography, this for sure would be a great experience for everyone who loves traveling.

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In Bruges / 2008 / Bruges (Belgium)

Bruges is a beautiful and underrated city in Belgium. So is this film. Watching this film, we didn't have any expectation nor a clue about what we were getting into but turned out, we love "In Bruges" very much. It's enchanting, funny, clever and brutal. A great black comedy gangster film and the Bruges' beauty is a nice bonus!

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The Diving Bell and the butterfly / 2007 / France

The book is great and so is the film. It's the true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed and he used that only left eye to write a memoir by blinking. Uplifting, joyful, and inspirational!

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Paris, jet' aime / 2006 / Paris

Through the neighbourhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. 18 directors of 18 seemingly unrelated vignettes about love in the city of lights. This kind of mixed-up film can be hit or miss but Paris, je t'aime is definitely a good one! A beautiful cinematic homage to Paris.

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Perfume: The story of a murderer / 2006 / France, Germany, Spain

This book is amazing and critical acclaimed. This film is not a critics' darling. But we love both. Visually, it's extremely overwhelming (in a good way)! Yes, the motion picture is about smells but smelling is just simply not one of the things you can experience through visual storytelling but it however comes very close to it, thanks to gripping cinematography, beautiful music, great acting, captivating story. Old Europe (part of it we can still see today) never look so stunning.

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Letters to Juliet / 2010 / Tuscany, Verona (Italy)

In short: an easy-going, ordinary romantic movie with predictable ending. There's nothing groundbreaking about it but also not too bad. We've shot an elopement in Verona and it's always fascinating seeing spots that we've been there before.

The movie is full of simple and innocent moments with breathtaking locations of Italy, watching the stunning locations will leave you in awe and desire to visit Italy immediately.

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The Tourist / 2010 / Italy

Ahm, if we're being honest with y'all, this film sucks. Yup. We gave it a 5 out of 10. Two huge movie stars (Depp and Jolie), a director with quite big reputation (we love a few films of his) and of course, Venice! Who doesn't love Venice, even when it's crowded to death in the summer season?

Nothing in this film really works, but again, who doesn't love Venice???

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Mamma Mia! / 2008 / Skopelos (Greece)

Well this is one of the classic feel good comedies that we like although we're not really big fans of musicals. Well, unless you're allergic to ABBA's music, we think you should give it a try lol. The pacing is okay and there is a story (does a thin one still count?), but we like the fact that the film doesn't take itself too seriously. And the atmosphere of being on a beautiful Greek island with abundant amount of sunlight, vitamin sea and good food. You know, that feeling you got when shooting a destination wedding there. It just feels so good.

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Love Actually / 2003 / London

Tu has quite a complicated, mixed feelings with London. Just like romantic-comedy genre. This movie may come off as a bit shallow at first, and it contains characters who are one- dimensional caricatures of themselves. But at the end, it's quite clever and delightful. And of course, a British classic. I don't know. But somehow we can't resist watching when the holiday season is near...

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Mr. Bean's Holiday / 2007 / France

A film which is so bad that it's actually good! First, who the fuck doesn't know Mr. Bean? Second, it's a comedy that doesn't have a single dirty gag, foul word (guilty as fuck here!), or cheap sex joke - wow. And third, gorgeous scenery surrounding it. It's ridiculous and delightful at the same time. It's silly. It's touching. It ain't no masterpiece but it's like life. It's great fun. And the French countryside looks so damn good.

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The Way / 2010 / Spain

Anyone who's an avid trekker probably knows "El camino de Santiago", the most famous and trekked trail in Europe. This route has been traveled by pilgrims for over a thousand years, long before people know what does a road trip mean. And this is a film that people who love outdoor activities can totally relate although there are many interesting trekking routes in Europe, it makes us want to walk this somewhat 400km trail. This film was made with such care that it encouraged, and enabled you and me, to share their experience and make our own life journey with them. Very touching.

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Ich bin dann mal weg / 2015 / Germany, France, Spain

Another film about the "El Camino de Santiago". There's no way this film is as good as the film we mentioned above. With a self discovery and journey the very famous person (played by an actor and not himself) is making we are expecting quite a bit out of it. Typical German comedy but If you want to see a bit of the scenery, maybe you have a bored evening.

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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / 2011 / Spain

Well the movie is a bit weird and hard to articulate whether we like or hate it. Okay maybe hate is a bit too harsh of a word. The director apparently thought building a cliched national geographic style tour of Spain with above mentioned cast stuffed with terrible manufactured drama and conflict will make it entertaining. Sometimes yes, but most of the times it's meh. Butttttttt Spain looks so amazing. And nope, don't trust the ridiculous imdb's rating! Don't say We haven't warned you.

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In July / 2000 / Germany, Hungary, Romania, Turkey

Fatih Akin is one of the rare contemporary German directors who take their work seriously, passionately and create great films that we love. "German romantic comedy" probably sounded like an oxymoron but due to our trust with Akin, we did give it a try and this film was amazing. 

On point pacing, funny, surprising, and charming. Part romantic comedy and part road movie, the story captivates your mind while taking you on a ride across Europe, switching languages as we go - German, English, Bulgarian, Turkish. Great film.

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Copenhagen / 2014 / Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a beautiful and underrated city (although we're not city people) and the cinematographer Alan Poon captures it with such detail, admiration and charm that it's practically an invitation to be a part of this place. Great camera work and use of lighting. 

Although the film is far from perfect, we really love the storytelling, filmmaking and other cultural aspects of it.

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L' auberge espagnole / 2002 / Barcelona

The film comes to show the audience the life of international students during their "Erasmus year" in Barcelona - which in many people's opinion is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is an ideal location for sightseeing. Boys how do we meet the time we backpacking Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia... when we were still students almost a decade ago. A really beautiful film that can bring back a lot of nice memories for people who have spent their young life in Europe or for those who want to experience that.

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Bourne Trilogy / France, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, India, Russia, New York, England, Spain, Morocco

You're probably laughing your ass off. What the fuck Tu, watching Jason Bourne's action films makes me want to travel? Bhahaha. Nice one.

But no, in all seriousness, watching action/spy movies like Bond or Bourne is somehow so satisfying, a cheap quickie to tackle the lust for travel, at least it works for me lol. Oh man, the spies they're so blessed having a job that allows them to travel to stunning places all the time. Oh wait... That's what people are saying about us wedding photographers.

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Roman Holiday / 1953 / Rome

An American classic. Great acting, great script, and first and foremost, an effectively  beautiful story. Audrey Hepburn burst onto the movie scene with this film, playing an English Princess traveling in Rome who is bored with her life. So director William Wyler of course wouldn't the chance to feature a lots of beautiful shots of Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, Bocca della Verità, Palazzo Colonna...

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Only You / 1994 / Italy

The film is okay, a light, feel good romantic comedy but the Italian scenery is incredible and would make anyone fall in love with Italy all over again, when you think you have seen enough of this country. Seriously, some scenes they are just amazing!

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Two For The Road / 1967 / South of France

Another film of Hepburn in Europe. 14 years after her first film in Europe - also her last. The film follows a couple by showing us their various journeys together through the stunning France. But what's so wonderful is that this is not a cliche love story from Hollywood, but a journey of a very real marriage that could be relatedby  anyone who is working on their own marriage. An exquisite film about the complexities of love and marriage, set in a stunning backdrop. 

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Sightseers / 2012 / UK

Typical British black comedy. It's dark, it's bizarre and it's funny. Probably not a film for everyone.The film tells the story of a crazy British couple who is on vacation, the problems that arise on such trips, and the unique way how they decide to solve them. See it for yourself because saying more would give the plot away. But it's rare that you will come across a couple like this during your vacation in your lifetime. Bonus: it's a nice commercials for the north of England lol

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All About My Mother / 1999 / Spain

A Pedro Almodóvar's masterpiece. Each viewing helps you unravel a different new layer of meaning. And his natural instinct for visual poems of incongruity reaches a new level in this masterpiece. The play between light and darkness. Very few filmmakers have been able to translate their own private universes to the big screen. That is why, it divides audiences in such an extreme way. Either you love it or hate it. Spain stays humble in the background, not too in your face but slowly and deeply penetrate into your mind.

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The Trip To Italy / 2014 / Italy

Usually we like Steve Cougan's work. But this one... Apart from the beautiful scenery, and a couple of chuckles, the whole film was boring. Normally I enjoy these guys, but this just doesn't work. 

The Trip to Italy benefits from some good photography. Admittedly, it is not much of a challenge to take beautiful photographs of the Italian countryside, but the film features a number of truly awe-inspiring locations and shots. So if you're interested in that...

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Night Train To Lisbon / 2013 / Lisbon

The film tells the story of a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.

The shots of Lisbon are wonderful, the beautiful harbour and hilly narrow streets - you will be happy and impressed to be seduced by the magic, atmosphere and ambiance of Lisbon. A decent story with a solid cast, told in a nice way and good pace for everyone to feel, experience and ask himself questions about life. Not something ground-breaking of course, but we bet you will enjoy the film.

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Burn Burn Burn / 2015 / UK

"Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses."

That was the synopsis of the film. If it doesn't spark your interest we don't know what is lol. 

This road-trip movie takes you on a beautiful ride around the UK, although the premise is a bit dark, the writing and executing is funny & sassy. Good film!

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Spring / 2014 / Italy

This film turns out to be much more better and touching than we had first anticipated. Acting, writing and directing are all solid. We read someone say, "An atmospheric romantic film with Lovecraftian elements." and it was the perfect description of this tiny hidden gem.

All in all, Spring manages to balance everything: you have good characters that make you care for them enough, a story that allows you to explore the beauty of nature and sunsets in Italy and some strange stuff to give it a little spice.

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Bolgen / 2015 / Norway

It's a simple, straight-forward film and you can expect everything after 10 minutes. A movie focused on normal people living a simple life, yet, full of good intentions and surrounded by good company in a small town with an incredible scenery in Norway and the rest is about them, having to deal with a disaster none expects. The ending was quite week comparing to the rest of the film but still quite a decent film overall.

Norwegian fjords are so beautiful!

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Bread & Tulips / 2000 / Venice

After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

This is the kind of movie done in a way that only a European filmmaker can make! It's about a middle aged, neglected housewife and mother who is left behind by her family on a bus trip. Her family doesn't even notice she's missing until two hours later. She decides to hitch-hike home and she meets different people. To one of them she says that she has never been to Venice, but that she really would like to see it. The man suggests to bring her to Venice instead of driving her home and so her adventure begins. 

The film has the feeling of a travelogue because they way it starts, but in fact, it's more like a voyage of discovery. Sweet, funny and happy film - A film that you might look at more than once!

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Enchanted April / 1991 / Italy

When life is not leading towards anywhere promising, stop, go somewhere else, relax, restore and restart. Like the four women in this film.

Two women decide to rent a villa in Italy for one month that they saw in an ad. Due to financial circumstances, two other women join them. They have shitty marital lives; one is an elderly woman who prefers to live in the past; the fourth is a wealthy and beautiful woman wholly jaded by life. As the spell of the villa takes upon their spirits, each woman grows in her own way.... This also changes the people in their lives who have visited them. As they leave, you know the magic of the villa will remain with them... and you will find your outlook altered, for the better. 

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The Sound Of Music / 1965 / Austria

This film needs no introduction. Truly a timeless classic! The kind of film that everyone loves. A cinematic magic. We don't even like musical film yet we love it. Not many films can achieve the flat out beauty that you see in The Sound of Music. The mesmerizing European landscapes and Julie Andrews' voice & acting, not to mention the cute performances by the children.

This film is a triumph in all departments. Every aspect, from the cinematography to the acting, the sets to the costumes, the music, choreography, script, is top notch.

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Bonjour Tristesse / 1958 / Saint Tropez (France)

A fascinating, frustrating, though ultimately deeply satisfying film. And the bonus: Gorgeous scenery - you want to leave for the French Riviera immediately. 

Yes, it's a soap opera kind of film, and yes, it's in some ways derivative of Sirk's films. But I just love this movie, as much as any movie of its type from the 50s. Short, swift, luxuriously filmed, and perfectly cast


Journey To Italy / 1954 / Naples (Italy)

Rossellini is one of the most important filmmakers we have known. So everything he touched is worth watching. In short, 'Journey to Italy' is a patient, beautiful film that portrays a convincing marriage in crisis against the beauty and details of Naples. 

On one hand the film is a really intimate and personal travel film, not just focusing on the stunning scenery of the region but getting closer, looking at the specific histories, points of interest and the locals. Its strength is that it is never just about this because the scenery is just the backdrop for the two characters to go on a soul searching journey.

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Once Upon A Time in Anatolia / 2011 / Turkey

This film won the Grand Prix in Cannes, and it was well deserved. The director Ceylan has come to age with this cinema. He has his own style of cinematic narrative, that many who rely solely on a commercial diet may not able to digest; but he has this thorough knowledge of cinema as a medium. 

It was amazing how such emotionally complicated and interwoven stories could be captured in cinema. Superb acting. Cinematography is masterful and Turkish Steppes have never looked that beautiful...

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Times & Winds / 2006 / Turkey

Camara start running. A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living, on a daily survival basis, out of the earth and of a few animals they feed. Just like the animals and trees around them, they have the knowledge of their temporary existence, hence a sober resignation prevails. They live according to the rhythm of the earth, air and water, day and night and seasons. 

It is a work from Turkey of rare beauty visually, musically, and natural grandeur.

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To Catch a Thief / 1955 / French Riviera

This is a very 'beautiful' movie. From Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, the cinematography, the scenery. Well, while the story is not predictable, reminding me of a James Bond flick, toned down for a particular audience. Certainly not the best Hitchcock, but it is certainly a joy to watch.

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La piscine / 1969 / French Riviera

La piscine or The Swimming Pool is a French crime film, directed by Jacques Deray, who is known as a master of crime in France. 

"La Piscine" is considered a classic, but I believe many modern movie-goers will have a hard time with it due to its slow pace and their tendency to look for action rather than psychology. At least you can enjoy it for the beautiful photography and beautiful actors!

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L' Atalante / 1934 / France

Director Jean Vigo died young (at 29, of septicemia) just after he finished his third and last film, "L'Atalante" - a genuine poetic masterpiece and is a must-see for anyone who truly loves the art of film. I'm sure you will find it amazing that a film, shot almost 80 years ago, in soft light and occasionally blurred focus, still manages to evoke truly powerful emotions and tangible sensations.

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Le Mepris / 1963 / Capri (Italy)

This is Godard's existentialist, provocative essay of the relationships between artistic and commercial cinema, man and woman/husband and wife. 

One of the masterpieces of the 20th century, a superb synthesis of form, content and performance. Probably one of the most beautiful too, with its stunning locations of Capri (I miss this island!), sets, colour, lighting, music, decor and costume.

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Sex & Lucia / 2001 / Ibiza (Spain)

Refreshing, delightful, moving and thought-provoking movie from Spain. It is movies like this one that remind us that European cinema can scale the emotional dilemmas and mountains of a story where other films fail. 

Sex and Lucia combines wonderful acting, a great story, innovative cinema and jaw-dropping beautiful photography. Be warned: there are a lots of sex! 

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / 2004 / Italy

"The Life Aquatic" is most certainly an unusual film. It's something of a collage of colorful imagery, fragmented shots, quirky music, strange characters, bizarre situations, and amusing montages. But if one had seen Wes Anderson's previous films, one would expect nothing less.

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Highway to Hellas / 2014 / Greece

I mean, this movie has so many flaws and it would take me quite an essay to list them out but surprisingly I like it a lot. If you love travel, if you love Greece then the scenery and landscape and Greek vibes will more than make up for it!

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Leap Year / 2010 / Ireland

I watched this film when it first came out in theaters back in 2010. I haven't even traveled much back then (poor guy was a broke student!) but the landscape of Ireland was so mesmerizing. 

It's not anything amazing or Oscar-worthy. Don't expect anything completely awe-inspiring, complex, or brilliant or life-changing. It's just a simple love story, formulaic and predictable. But what I really appreciate about this movie is how innocent and lighthearted it is.

See: Part II  / Part III / Part IV / Part V

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