(SPOT.ph) Traveling is one of the most rewarding things one could possibly do. But let’s face it—with the daily grind eating up most of our time, it can be extra tricky to sneak in some well-deserved time away. So, we’re giving you the next best thing you can do: watch a movie that features some of the world’s most interesting places, with stories that range from inspiring to heart-stopping.
Here are 10 movies on Netflix that will let you travel the world vicariously—at least, for now:
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This coming-of-age film that stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer was adapted from the novel of the same title by André Aciman. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name seduces viewers with its poignant story of first love and heartbreak, and with heady images of a carefree summer—as well as the gorgeous Italian countryside and architecture. The movie was set in 1983 and was shot in several locations across Crema, Lombardy in northern Italy.
Just why do some people risk life and limb to climb mountains? Jennifer Peedom’s meditative Mountains might just give you the answer by showing the beauty of some of the world’s highest peaks and the mountaineers who risk their lives to climb them. The sweeping panoramas and death-defying acts in the documentary are made even more breathtaking by classical music recorded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and narrations of passages from Robert Macfarlane’s book Mountains of the Mind by actor Willem Defoe.
The Beach (2008)
This Leonardo di Caprio-starrer directed by Danny Boyle and based on a novel by Alex Garland takes viewers on a wild ride across Thailand. It starts at Bangkok, specifically at the famous Khao San Road, where the lead character was made privy about the existence of a small bohemian community led by a charismatic character (Tilda Swinton) in a secluded island. The titular beach where some of the movie’s key scenes were filmed at is actually called Maya Bay, located at Ko Phi Phi (Phi Phi Islands) in Krabi Province.
First They Killed My Father (2017)
Set in 1975 during the onset of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, First They Killed My Father is based on the life of human rights activist Loung Ung, who was forced to become a child soldier (Sareum Srey Moch) along with her siblings. The movie, directed by Angelina Jolie and filmed in Phnom Penh and Battambang, shows viewers not only the vast Cambodian fields and temples but of its tumultuous history—letting its viewers know the country beyond Angkor Wat.
Shirkers is the story of the once-lost independent film that writer and filmmaker Sandi Tan created with her friends Jasmine Ng and Sophia Siddique Harvey in the summer of 1992 in Singapore. It follows Sandi as she recalls her youth when her love for movies began, and her journey as she tries to piece together the identity of the mentor she once looked up to. Plus, the movie also presents a fascinating glimpse of the Singapore that once was.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
A quest to find a single negative of the photo that was to appear on the cover of Life magazine’s final print issue takes the titular character (Ben Stiller), a negative assets manager, on adventures he had only dreamed about in his humdrum life. An adaptation of James Thurber’s the book of the same title, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty features breathtaking scenes in Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas, among others—and offers a glimpse of a job that has become practically extinct in the digital era.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Based on the novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, the film follows a writer-turned-caregiver (Paul Rudd) and his patient, a teen boy suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy played by Craig Roberts, as they go on a road trip across the U.S. to see a number of roadside attractions that the boy was so curious about. Of course, this movie, directed by Rob Burnett, is more than just about sightseeing: it’s also about forging and mending relationships, coming to terms with loss, and moving forward.
Like Father (2018)
In a weird turn of events, a young workaholic executive (Kirsten Bell) finds herself going on what was to be her and her new husband’s honeymoon cruise—had he not left her on the altar—with her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). Like Father, filmed in the beautiful Carribean and written and directed by Lauren Miller Rogen, touches on the relationship and bond between father and daughter, forgiveness, and even work-life balance.
Expedition Happiness (2017)
Looking for true happiness may seem like a huge undertaking, but that’s exactly what one German couple does in Felix Starck’s documentary, Expedition Happiness. In it, Starck and girlfriend Selima Taibi (also known as Mogli) go on a months-long road trip with their dog Rudi from Alaska, through Canada and the U.S., all the way down to Mexico in a refurbished school bus. As we are treated to stunning views of the American wilderness, mountains, beaches, and other natural wonders, we also get to see how the couple handled challenges that came with their adventure—including caring for a sick Rudi.
Under an Arctic Sky (2017)
For someone living in the tropics, the idea of surfing in frigid conditions is just batshit crazy. So it might be a bit surprising to watch six surfers set off to do just that in pursuit of the perfect wave. In Under an Arctic Sky, a documentary by Chris Burkard, said surfers go all the way to the most remote corner of Iceland a.) in the middle of winter when it’s dark and the seas are wild, b.) right before the worst storm to hit the country in 25 years. If the majestic lands and seascapes of Iceland won’t be enough to impress you, then these brave dudes surfing under the Northern Lights certainly would.
this strange new world.