Are you planning to have a movie marathon this weekend? Here are the best movies that you should watch if you are an expat living abroad.
9 October 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
Whether you’re looking for an inspiration or are amid thinking of relocating to a different country, watching a movie about expats living abroad can be enough to give your itchy feet the right motivation to finally make the move. Santa Fe Relocation in Dubai shares a list of the best movies about expats living abroad from Lost In Translation, to The Beach.
Lost In Translation
First off, we have Lost In Translation. Culture shock is something many expats experience, regardless of how many places they have moved in and out of. This film cleverly captures the excitement and confusion of being tossed into the deep end of foreign culture.
“A lonely, ageing movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.”
The next best movie about expats living abroad is Casablanca. A classic, the story of Casablanca puts the feeling of anxiety and separation into better perspective, and are just a couple of emotions many of us feel when it comes to making the decision to move abroad.
“Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.”
Eat Pray Love
Then, there’s Eat Pray Love. This movie tells the story of Elizabeth Gilbert who decided to travel the world after realising that she is unhappy in her relationship and career. It’s something that many of us experience and, in most cases, is the primary reason for relocation.
“Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.”
If you’re a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, then chances are, you have already seen The Beach multiple times. Whether or not you’re an avid fan of the American actor and film producer, The Beach has a very real and relatable meaning behind it. Filmed in some of the world’s most beautiful locations including Krabi and the profound Phi Phi Leh Island, The Beach has encouraged several backpackers and expats to travel to Thailand.
“The desire to find something real -- to connect with something or someone -- is what drives Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American backpacker who arrives in Thailand with adventure on his mind. Etienne (Guillaume Canet) and Francoise (Virginie Ledoyen) join him on an adventure to "The Beach," a mystical paradise. However, this paradise is less than perfect.”