Movies can tap into your brain and totally change your perspective about something, and if not that, then at least take you on a visual experience where you forget about all your worries and sadness. Living alone as an expat can be very depressing so here I bring 5 movies that every expat must watch.
5 Movies Every Expat Must Watch
These are 5 movies that I’ve cherry picked for expats, being one, I do feel what other expats may feel, so here’s a list!
Lost in Translation (2003)
This movie is a perfect choice of movie to watch when you’re feeling low in life. It showcases the cons of life as an expat, majorly the cultural shock and feeling homesick. It’s a great movie to lift your spirits up if you’re feeling broken and alone abroad.
There is quite an awesome performance by Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. By the end of the film you will have a better mood and more spirit to survive your expat life. The movie also shows how you can stumble upon the deepest bonds in the most unexpected places.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Often we visualize expats as eccentric young people who get an amazing opportunity abroad and are laser focused about their careers, the movie debunks this concept. Also, you may have seen people regretting not moving abroad when they were young or when they didn’t have a spouse or kids.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tells us that there is no age-limit and time to have adventure, you can always have fun no matter how old you get. The movie revolves around 7 retired people from the U.K who move to India and get involved in all types of typical boisterous fun.
Btw you can unblock titles from American Netflix in the U.K, the library is amazingly large, since we’re talking about travelling this might come in handy.
The movie is about Rick Blaine who is an expat in the World War II era. He owns a night club in Casablanca and faces all kinds of troubles that an expat would in fact, probably a little more. The movie is a perfect watch when you’re struggling from the inside as well as the outside. It gives you hope and reassurance on your decision to move outside your home country and make a better living!
Also there’s a bit of romance as Rick decides to help his ex-lover and her husband, soon her ex-lover, Ilsa starts to feel for Rick again and her feelings gradually increase, leading to a series of events that get the two together.
Like Crazy (2011)
Like Crazy perfectly encapsulates the issues of an expat couple, especially when the long distance and time difference cause so many problems. Along that one of the saddest times is when one partner has to move and the other does not get a visa.
Expat life often means losing or finding love, Like Crazy will surely make you shed a few tears even if you’re considered a stone hearted person. It does a great job in opening your eyes to what real love is and how touchy things can get in a situation like this. If you’re likely to get into a situation like this it’s advised not to watch it as it may make you emotional, but the plus side is, it will get you prepared.
The Beach (2000)
Leonardo DiCaprio lands in Bangkok, in search of something new in his life. As soon he lands, he realizes he’s not much different than the other backpackers around him. The young 20 something, Leo finds out about an Island where no one’s ever been. In his ultimate search for something adventurous Leo sets off to this island with two partners, little does he know that no one returns back from the place as it is a farming plane for a local cannabis dealer.
It’s a perfect movie to watch when things go wrong abroad, it’s a great reminder of how much worse they could have gotten.
Other Travel Related Movies
- Endless Summer
- Before Sunrise
- Indiana Jones movies
- 7 Years In Tibet
- The Bourne Identity
- The English Patient
- A View To A Kill
- The African Queen
- Out Of Africa
- Under The Tuscan Sun
- How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
- Life Of PI
Hopefully you will like all these movies that I’ve mentioned above, if you’ve seen any of them let us know how you liked it. Also let us know of other expat movies that you know of in the comment section below.