films to set the tone for upcoming trip!

May 20th, 2012, 10:17 PM
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These are all wonderful recommendations-- thank you so much!

Some, like Braveheart, Waking Ned Devine, The Lives of Others, Trainspotting, I've seen, but not in a LONG while so it'll be wonderful to see them again and from a different perspective/motivation this time. (Though yeah, I'll probably skip watching Braveheart again, love it as I do!)

Thank you, thank you and thank you all.
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May 21st, 2012, 12:53 AM
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What outwest said, I was going to recommend "Good-bye Lenin" too. Great film, lots of documentary stuff, but served up in a way that is interesting and good for some laughs too.
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May 21st, 2012, 01:34 AM
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To get lots of results simply google "movies set in Scotland", for instance. Wikipedia will likely be the first hit with list for you. Here's what I got for Scotland:

I did the same recently for London and got a great list. Then google the individual titles or go to a site like Netflix to know if they might appeal to you.
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May 21st, 2012, 01:37 AM
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Disregard the last part of my suggestion above. Simply click on the movie titles right there on the Wikipedia page and you'll get a great rundown on the individual movies.
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May 21st, 2012, 05:32 AM
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For Amsterdam: check out the TV series "Baantjer".
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May 21st, 2012, 07:43 AM
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A couple of options for you that aren't heavy on the scenery, but are on the 'culture' side of things;

For Scotland (one of my favourite ever films) 'Whisky Galore' (1949 - thanks IMDB) and for Germany 'The Edukators'. Both are a little different from the suggestions above.

If you want a film that makes Trainspotting look like Alvin and the Chipmunks (I know I have odd taste) try 'Red Road'.

Set in a very poor housing estate in Glasgow, it's one of the most memorable films I've ever seen. It's definitely not one to munch popcorn through with a group of friends, but you might want to have a loved one nearby at the end so you can give them a hug and be thankful your life is nothing like the protagonists'.

I've stopped wondering why my wife doesn't want to watch the same films as me...
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