Foreign Movies to Satiate Your Wanderlust During Quarantine

Screenshot from "Lion" (2016)

One of the hardest parts of quarantine for travel lovers is having to stay at home. You get the itch to travel but you just can’t scratch it, and it may make you a bit stir-crazy. Thankfully, there’s one thing that has the power to transport you to a faraway place without ever having to leave your home: cinema. And these foreign movies may help satiate your wanderlust, at least for a bit.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 2011

If one of your favorite parts of traveling is getting to enjoy the delicious foreign cuisines, you’ll love Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about a master Japanese sushi chef, Jiro, and his son who tries to train to one day take his place. Just be prepared to immediately want to order sushi afterward.

Y Tu Mama Tambien, 2001

A sensual Mexican road trip movie about two teenage best friends coming of age on a road trip with an older woman, Y Tu Mama Tambien is one of Alfonso Cuaron’s first few movies and widely considered to be one of his best. Just note that this is definitely for adult eyes only.

Lion, 2016

The story of an adopted Australian man searching for his birth family in India, Lion is based on a book—A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley—that tells a true story. It was widely praised for its talented cast and uplifting story.