How to: Travel from Home

Before I get into my hilariously witty and highly informative piece, there a just a few assumptions I have to make for this to work the way I imagine. Yeah yeah, I know generalisations only lead to the stereotypes that we, as 21st century feminists, are all such big fans of, but give me a chance.

Ergo, I am going to assume that:

  •  You can read (this will become apparent)
  • You support independent print media as you are currently reading this article in the good, old(e) fashioned form, embellished with glossy paper and thus support the arts as a broader category (go you!)
  • You don’t mind me being so personal by using the collective ‘you’ (I promise it's my way of making friends)
  • You are most probably in our target age group of 18-25, whether that be in body or in spirit and therefore you want to hear about some cool ways to educate yourselves in the way of the world without the ridiculous price tag on an airplane ticket to anywhere whilst doing so in the comfort of your oversized, most prized possession — your bed (as I am writhing this from my own asset)
  • You are broke and spent your last $13 dollars on getting this magazine (again — go you!)
  • You have currently watched every Netflix series and need something else to do

Well my friends, strap yourselves into an imaginary economy class seat, find some cheap wine and a slightly uncomfortable beanbag headrest ‘thingo’ (can be swapped for a normal pillow) and internationalise yourself.

My French teacher, Madame Freeman, believed to the core of her soul that the way to French fluency was through film. I mean, ideally France but we live in the most isolated nation in the world, so this is the next best thing. For a high school student, I could happily compromise with this suggestion.

It is an absolute sure-fire way to delve to the heart of any given culture. Experience the slang, see the scenery, marvel at the food and drinks of the nation’s choice, interact with their hottest celebs, discover the music of the times, get to know their history— you see my point.

It goes beyond all those wonderful cultural-immersed experiences. It is an action of pure unity. I love knowing the fact that a viewer on the other side of the world can sit through a two-hour narrative and share all of the emotions I will experience without knowing me in the slightest.

Film has a specific purpose – to entertain but as a by-product (and one of the better ones at that) of globalisation, it is a most invaluable educational tool. It is an escape. It is a journey. A holiday even, if you have the same crazed level of engagement with your imagination as I do. It's a saving tool for the real deal in all senses of the phrase. Next time you are scrolling through Instagram, getting all moody about Em Raja’s bikini pics in Santorini while you are in the dead of Aussie winter, press play on an international film. Bite your tongue, because I promise the honey will be all the sweeter when it’s your time to drink Aperol Spritz on the Riva in Split, Croatia. My last piece of advice: embrace subtitles. Evolution favoured you with good eyesight and synapses to interpret, use them.

Caitlin's Favourite International Films:

 Image by Jeremy Yap 

Image by Jeremy Yap 

Mood Indigo
2H 11 MIN, FRENCH

Old Boy
2H, KOREAN
Or anything with Min-sik Choi.

LOL: Laughing Out Loud
1H 47MIN, FRENCH
The original, please.

Downfall
2H 36MIN, GERMAN
Modern History Buffs.

The Classic
2H 12MIN, KOREAN

Belle de Jour
1H 46MIN, FRENCH
Warning: Explicit

As it is in Heaven
2H 14MIN, SWEDISH

Amelie
2H 9MIN, FRENCH
I love you, Audrey.

We used to be cool
1H 40MIN, AUSTRIAN

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
1H 41MIN, NEW ZEALAND
Also see Boy because Taika Waititi is a living legend.

The Space Between
98MIN, ITALIAN/AUSTRALIAN

Palm Trees in the Snow
2H 43MIN, SPANISH

3some
1H 34MIN, FRENCH/AMERICAN
Warning: Explicit

The Dreamers
1H 56MIN, FRENCH/AMERICAN
Warning: Explicit

Wulu
1H 35 MIN, FRENCH/MALIAN

L’Auberge Espagnole
2H 2MIN, FRENCH
Actually a trilogy and they film with the same people, but years apart in real time.

Spring
1H 49MIN, ITALIAN/AMERICAN
Honestly the most crazy adventure in a movie, be prepared for anything.

 

 

This article originally appeared in Orenda 5

 

Cover Image by Don Ross