Two must-see movies (set in Asia!)

Because Asia is a place so close to my heart I’m a sucker for any show, movie, book, blog or anything set in my favourite continent. So I was pretty excited when I found out about Wish You Were Here, an Australian-made movie partially filmed in Cambodia (specifically, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville). It’s about two couples on a carefree holiday in Cambodia, and only three return to Sydney. The opening sequence of markets, food, colour and life in Phnom Penh made my heart race. Beyond the nostalgia and wanderlust the movie evoked I also loved the plot and the acting was fantastic. Totally recommend it to any Asia-philes!

I also recently saw Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a tale of a motley crew of new retirees heeding an ads’ call to retire to a supposedly palatial hotel in Jaipur, India. As well as the funny, uplifting and sometimes sad stories it reveals about the characters, it portrays India in all its colourfully chaotic glory. It made me wish I was jostling in a crazy market or tearing around India’s streets on the back of a motorbike. Armchair travel can be a wonderful thing, don’t you think?!

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  1. Kristina May 25, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    both movies sound great! maybe i go to the cinema on the weekend, we have rain forecasted the whole weekend in melbourne… thanks for the recommendations! xx

  2. devoured June 3, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    Hi Kristina – hope you found something fun to watch! Both movies are great for a rainy day. Unfortunately pouring in Sydney most of the weekend…hope you’re faring a bit better in Melbourne!

  3. Anonymous August 25, 2012 / 12:40 am

    you should try the scent of green papaya (old Saigon). The filming is absolutely beautiful as are the scenes. By the same director, Vertical Ray of The Sun, is another absolutely beautiful movie. The entire movie is like a poem, a haiku, an observation of life.

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