It’s the weekend, and as a footloose Nomad, if I am not out somewhere and chasing my wanderlust, I prefer to walk around, doing some photography or hitting the local bars for a drink. But sometimes, I like better to sit with chilled beer at home and watch a couple of movies that remind me why being footloose is a often difficult, yet a enthralling and a great experience. Sometimes, I look at the people portrayed in those movies and ask “Why did they do it, willingly? Why undertake all the trouble, the hardships, and the uncertainties for something that can be experienced in easier, much usual ways?” Then I look at myself in the mirror and I know the answer.
So, without further ado, here are some of my picks of the footloose movies for the weekend:
1: Tracks (2013)
In 1977, Robyn Davidson set across on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of Western Australia with 4 camels and her dog. The movie may not be exciting, but it really moved me. The long distance shots of the camels with the desert in the background gives one a perspective of how isolated it is out there, and how harsh it can get. Along the way, Robyn meets the aboriginal settlers of Australia, hordes of tourists and reporters looking for ‘the camel lady’. Along the way, she experiences loss, fear, and despair, hope, and triumph. First published in National Geographic magazine in 1978, Robyn’s story got so popular that she wrote the book ‘Tracks’ about her experience. View some of the original photographs here.
What if you could go back in time, and you wouldn’t do a single thing differently? What if all the things that you did were what got you where you are in the first place?
2: Wild (2014)
Cheryl Strayed has lost everything that is important to her; her marriage, and her mother. After years of living recklessly, making rash decisions and destructive behavior, grief has revolutionized her in the worst possible way. It would take something monumental to bring her back. She makes another rash decision: To hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail, alone. A journey of self discovery and healing, Cheryl experiences flashbacks on her childhood and memories of her mother, whose death had brought forth her self destructive behavior, leading to her divorce. Cheryl’s best selling memoir, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found offers the roadmap for this movie adaption.
3: Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
A legendary explorer sets out on an expedition to the Himalayas and disappears for seven years. Starring Brad Pitt, Seven Years in Tibet tells the incredible true story of an Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the years of the second World War, the interim period and the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950. From being a prisoner of war to meeting the 14th Dalai Lama while he is still a boy, Seven Years in Tibet is a movie that is ambitious and beautiful. The book of the same name serves as the inspiration to this movie
So here you are, those are my pick for the weekend. These 3 movies should be enough to keep your wanderlust satisfied until next week! If you have any suggestions, please mention them in the comments below.