If the only view you’re currently seeing is the four walls of your house, have a watch of these films set in beautiful locations all over the world.
Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
A beautiful romance that will make you want to disappear to the Italian countryside and fall in love. Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 coming-of-age drama follows Timothee Chamalet’s Elio as another boring summer at his parents’ summer home in Lombardy turns into something a lot more interesting at the arrival at his father’s new post-grad intern.
The film gives a lot of time to exploring the beauty of the house and its endless grounds, as well as the quiet fields that surround them, and the charming local town. With James Ivory writing the screenplay, we are even treated to one his trademark ‘couple lying in a peaceful meadow’ scenes.
Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2001)
If bustling cities are more your thing, Coppola’s Arthouse flick spends most of it’s two hour runtime observing the streets of Tokyo through the eyes of Scarlett Johansson’s lonely Charlotte. While the city is far from where Charlotte and washed-up actor Bob (Bill Murray) want to be, we are are still treated to a tour of the vibrant city, as well as entrancing scenic shots when Charlotte visits the more traditional Kyoto, and it’s beautiful gardens and Temples.
Best watched on mute, unless you want to hear the lead characters’ casually racist dialogue throughout. Now there’s a movie that hasn’t aged well…
Moana (Ron Clements/John Musker, 2016)
If none of the live-action settings float your boat, how about an animated paradise? Disney’s 2016 offering is based in an ancient Polynesian coastal village, as headstrong young girl Moana sets out to save her people from their dying home by tracking down demigod Maui.
As expected with Disney, the animation of the idyllic island and crystal waters of the ocean are spectacular, as is the greenery when nature goddess Te Fiti and the island as a whole flourish back to life in the film’s finale.
In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
Colin Farrell’s Ray may have compared the Belgian city to Hell, but amidst the violent and darkly humorous plot of a hitmen ordered to kill his accomplice, is some lovely cinematography of the cobbled streets and medieval architecture of the city, which meets the approval of Ken (played by Brendan Gleeson). Much of the story is centred around the square which houses of Belgium’s most famous landmarks, the Belfry of Bruges.
In Bruges also contains one the longest film set-ups I’ve ever witnessed, but is definitely worth the watch.
The Beach (Danny Boyle, 2000)
It’s many people’s dream to disappear to an untouched tropical paradise, which is just what Leonardo Dicaprio’s Richard does in Danny Boyle’s psychological drama, that admittedly opened to mixed reviews (I thought Leo was alright!) Set on an island off the Gulf of Thailand, the filmmakers went to some lengths to create the ‘perfect’ beach, which they did achieve, sadly damaging some of the natural environment as they went.
If nothing else, The Beach – despite it’s tropical location – might make you glad you’re stuck at home and not being sentenced to death on an island halfway across the world.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Chris Columbus, 1992)
Youngsters all over the world were first introduced to the planet’s most famous city through the eyes of Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin. When plucky kid Kevin boards the wrong plane at the airport and gets separated from his useless family (again) he finds himself alone in the Big Apple.
Using his dad’s credit card, he stays at the famous Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park, and we see various other landmarks such as the Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall and The World Trade Center. No other movie says ‘New York’ quite like Home Alone 2.