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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The Darjeeling Limited' and Serious Train Travel

July 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Few movies investigate family bonding, self-actualization, and travel like 'The Darjeeling Limited'. Wes Anderson's flick, about three brothers reunited for a spiritual journey through India while they re-establish their relationship one year after their father's death, had us giggling at some moments and blinking away tears at others, but longing for a long-haul train ride throughout.

Brothers Francis, Peter and Jack (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brodie and Jason Schwartzman respectively) come back into each others lives on the luxury Indian train, Darjeeling Limited. A worthy snapshot into what riding the rails in India is like in the best circumstances, the flick carries a lot more than just a cool matching luggage set and amazing shots of the inside of the cars.

The brothers have grown apart through the years and this trip, organized by Francis, is a way to reconnect. The only thing that actually stands in the way of this is their (lack of) ability to trust each other. The audience is taken on a similar journey as the brothers deceive each other before they realize that this sojourn wouldn't have been the same without each other. After multiple threats from the Chief Steward of being kicked off the train for misbehavior, Francis, Peter and Jack begin to trust each other and grow to enjoy the company of the others.

Francis then reveals his ulterior motive of the trip, which is to visit their estranged mother (played by Angelica Houston) who failed to make an appearance at their father's funeral and instead opted to live in a convent at the base of the Himalayas. After some heated discussion, further fighting and their removal from the train, the brothers decide to continue on to their destination, but not before an emotional stop at a small village.

We will leave the rest for you to experience on your own, since this film is definitely on our top ten list for excellent travel-related flicks. With plenty of layers of lessons to take to heart, 'The Darjeeling Limited' is truly art imitating life even though the rail line may be fictional (it's loosely based on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway).

Sweet lime anyone?

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