At the movies: expat films
October 21, 2014
When you’re researching for your big move overseas, checking out expat forums and talking to relocation experts like us here at Crown, are the usual steps. But have you ever thought of turning to the movies for ideas?
Granted, these Hollywood films may not give you a realistic picture of relocating abroad, but the silver screen gives us an exotic take on the expat dream. Here are some classics to kick start your relocation plans.
A tale of two men vying for the same woman's affections in a love triangle - the story of political and romantic espionage is set in wartime conflict between democracy and dictatorship. Set in an unoccupied part of Africa, the black and white classic brings the spectacular country to life!
The Quiet American (1958)
Based on the novel by Graham Greene, the movie tells the story of American Alden Pyle (Audie Murphy) and his relationship with Phoung, a beautiful Vietnamese woman (Giorgia Moll). On a deeper level, the film looks at the tensions which led up to the Vietnam War. Did you know, Phoung was actually played by an Italian.
The English Patient (1996)
Oscar-winning tear jerker is about the love affair between a Hungarian count (Ralph Fiennes) and a British woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) in North Africa just before the outbreak of World War Two. Not only does it feature love, betrayal, and politics, but the spectacular scenery of the Sahara desert too.
The Beach (2000)
Twenty-something Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) travels to Thailand with the intention of experiencing something radically different from his familiar life, not knowing that he would be lead to a remote, legendary beach paradise to discover a secret community. The film’s gorgeous Thai island scenery is irresistible!
Eat Pray Love (2010)
After an unhappy marriage and painful divorce, American writer played by Julia Roberts, embarks on a journey around the world on a quest of self-discovery. The writer discovers the joys of eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.
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