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The Displaced Oscars

For some time the Displaced Nation has been proposing holding "The Displaced Oscars." It would feature films by, for, and about international travelers, third culture kids, the forcibly displaced, and more privileged expats. Would you like to attend?!


The Displaced Oscars

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The Hundred-Foot Journey - starring Helen Mirren. Relocating from India to a quiet village in the south of France, chef Hassan Kadam and his family open a restaurant called Maison Mumbai. But when their business starts to thrive, a competing restaurateur launches a war between the eateries.

WILD (2014): Reese Witherspoon donned a pair of ill-fitting hiking boots and a giant backpack for her role as Cheryl Strayed, a writer who trekked 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the devastating loss of her mother. (The film is based on Strayed’s best-selling 2012 book of the same name.) Strayed crosses the dusty Mojave, crazy forests, snowy fields, and muddy trails, losing toenails but gaining mental clarity—or at least self-acceptance—along the way.

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TRACKS (2013): Standing in for real-life writer Robyn Davidson, Mia Wasikowska travels across the breathtaking landscape of Western Australia with only four camels and a beloved dog for company. Her occasional human visitors include a photographer for National Geographic (Adam Driver), an indigenous Australian elder named Mr. Eddy who guides her through sacred lands, and various tourists who come to gawk at the so-called Camel Lady.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Wes Anderson's latest hyper-stylized confection. Complete with a world-class dining room and pink façade, the hotel owes much of its success to Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the most dedicated concierge of all time. Whether he’s or providing, er, "company" to the older female guests or fighting off murderous armies, it becomes immediately clear that Gustave would truly do anything for his beloved GBH.

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THE TRIP (2010): Not quite a buddy comedy—you get the sense that the characters played by British comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan may not even like each other very much—this meandering 2010 film is hilarious nevertheless. Brydon and Coogan road-trip through England to dine in fancy restaurants, all the while one-upping each other’s jokes and pondering the meaning of life, death, and relationships. Come for the beautiful shots of the English countryside, but stay for the goofy jokes..

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AWAY WE GO (2009): A few months before their baby is due, Verona (Maya Rudolph) and Burt (John Krasinski) decide to take a road trip to find the perfect location to raise their family. Their journey takes them from Phoenix and Tucson to Madison and Montreal, a city that has never seemed more friendly or inviting. The movie is a wonderful tour of North America’s cities, as well as a touching tribute to love and family.

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UP (2009): A heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, the film follows septuagenarian Carl (voiced to crotchety perfection by Ed Asner) and his young friend, Russell, as they travel to South America together in Carl’s house-turned-dirigible (we’ll leave it up to your imagination). Up is one of those rare travel films that makes you realize that you’re just floating on like everybody else is on this giant, blue orb called Earth, with nothing holding you down except maybe a little gravity.

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VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (2008): The film shows the adventures and subsequent love affairs of two young women visiting Barcelona, and the city ends up becoming a character itself. As you see all of the gorgeous architecture and landscapes through these tourists’ eyes, you’ll want to hop on a plane and listen to acoustic Spanish guitar immediately.

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IN BRUGES (2008): "Maybe that's what hell is: The entire rest of eternity spent in effin' Bruges." Cinema has given us few vacationers as reluctant as Ray (Colin Farrell), an Irish hit man lying low in Belgium's most picturesque city. With its gentle, touristy beauty, the medieval town makes an unlikely setting for Martin McDonagh's darkly comic tale of mob justice—which, of course, only makes it funnier.

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INTO THE WILD (2007): The true story of Christopher "Alexander Supertramp" McCandless's disappearance and demise in the Alaskan wilderness can be viewed as poetic or moronic, depending who you talk to. But there's no denying the beauty and desolation in Sean Penn's filmic take on the story. As McCandless, Emile Hirsch rides the rails, kayaks the Colorado River, summits snowy peaks, races into the Pacific, and embodies a classically American vision of unchecked wanderlust.

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THE DARJEELING LIMITED (2007): Wes Anderson reimagines the all-American family road trip as a rail journey across India. Set on a cramped train rattling across the subcontinent, Darjeeling juxtaposes the claustrophobia of travel against the backdrop of Rajasthan's vast open spaces. Anderson's love of strange and beautiful objects is very much at home in the colorful, busy aesthetic of India; but the movie's most arresting visuals come in the form of barren desert and mountain landscapes.

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ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007): Documentarian Werner Herzog has never found a denser cluster of otherness—both natural and human—than at the southernmost tip of the globe. This exploration of Antarctica travels to the top of a live volcano, beneath the frozen sea, and into the peculiar lives of those who live at Ross Island's McMurdo Station. No March of the Penguins soppiness here; Encounters is about a place that's as unforgiving as it is ethereally beautiful.

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004): This is where it all began for Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael García Bernal), whose road trip across Latin America with his pal Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) opened Che's eyes to political injustice. Director Walter Salles filmed their travels through major landmarks in South America, as per Che's memoir, from the Andes mountain range to Machu Picchu and even a leper colony in San Pablo.

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Master and Commander-The Far Side of the World (2003): Based on Patrick O'Brian's series of novels about sea captain Jack Aubrey, this 2003 film features scenery that might just make you want to run off and join a ship's crew. Although much of the movie, starring Russell Crowe, was filmed on a soundstage, it's notable for being the first movie that was given permission to film on the Galápagos Islands. The ship's crew is awed (and a little confused) by the islands' beauty and wildlife...

LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003): Lost in Translation chronicles the budding friendship of two Americans in Tokyo (played with the perfect amount of resignation by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson), shot in typically beautiful Sofia Coppola fashion. From the upmarket Park Hyatt hotel to the neon-filled karaoke bar and streets, the movie is like a tourism ad for Tokyo. But more importantly, it’s a melancholy portrayal of loneliness—even in a city filled with millions of people.

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L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE (2002): For anyone who’s ever studied or lived abroad, discovering L’Auberge Espagnole (i.e. “the Spanish Inn”) is like finding the Rosetta Stone. The film follows a French student, Xavier, who travels to Barcelona in search of himself. Cooped up in a giant apartment with six other contemporaries—all from different countries—Xavier wades through the muddy waters of cohabitation with men and women who don’t share his customs or language.

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Y Tu Mamá También (2001) follows two best friends and a sexy older woman as they road trip through Mexico, searching for a magical (and fictional) beach called Heaven’s Mouth. Director Alfonso Cuarón shows the beautiful nature of Oaxaca, but also gives a no-holds-bar glimpse into the poverty of Mexico—an aspect that most films set there simply gloss over.

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THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY (1999): It may be creepy as hell, but The Talented Mr. Ripley also happens to be one of the most beautiful depictions of Italy ever captured on film. Set in the 1950s, the movie follows a group of pretty young things (including Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Matt Damon as the titular sociopath) on their luxurious-slash-murderous holiday, from the pristine beaches in Lazio to the opulent hotels in Venice.

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HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (1998): This steamy romance stars Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs as May-December lovers who meet while Stella (Bassett) is on vacation in Jamaica. In addition to the fancy resort and gorgeous beaches filmed on location in Montego Bay, Stella offered audiences a ton of eye candy...

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THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996): Few movies of the modern era are as lavishly romantic as this adaption of Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize–winning novel. With a storyline split between pre-war Egypt and post-war Italy, director Anthony Minghella gives us the best of both locations: an artfully bombed-out villa in Tuscany and Lawrence of Arabia-esque sweeps of the Egyptian desert (actually filmed in Tunisia).

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FRENCH KISS (1995): Meg Ryan stars alongside Kevin Kline as a woman who flies to France to win back her fiancé. Kline plays a French jewel thief who gets her involved in a screwball plan that takes them all over Paris and down to the French Riviera, through quaint towns and rolling vineyards to the gorgeous beaches at Cannes.

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BEFORE SUNRISE (1995): A baby-faced Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy flirt and philosophize as they wander the cobblestone streets of Vienna after hours. The city becomes the third character in the romance, just as Paris would nine years later in Before Sunset, and Messenia, Greece, nine years after that in Before Midnight. All three movies are a testament to travel's power to realign your perception of your own life.

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EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987): Christian Bale plays Jamie Graham, a privileged British expat living with his family in Shanghai’s international quarter, where many English and American settlers lived in the lead up to World War II. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces suspended the settlement and threw many, like Graham, into internment camps. As many first-time travelers to Asia know, there are a lot of out-of-your-comfort-zone experiences.

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WITHNAIL AND I (1987): “We’ve gone on holiday by mistake!” Withnail’s (Richard E. Grant) desperate moan is the centerpiece of this British cult comedy, which sees two hard-drinking, unemployed actors escaping the horrors of their impoverished London flat with a trip to the countryside. Naturally, the countryside turns out to be even worse. But the desolate, windswept beauty of Cumbria, in Northern England, is the perfect setting for their self-created drama and melancholy.

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1985): In this lush Merchant Ivory romance, Helena Bonham Carter stars as an English rose traveling to Italy with her older relative Charlotte (Maggie Smith). Once Lucy and Charlotte hit Florence, they're dismayed to find their hotel room doesn't have a view of the Arno; when they agree to switch rooms with an eccentric father and son, this simple gesture sets off a chain of events (including a rakish smooch in the gorgeous Italian countryside) that upend Lucy's staid life.

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