Eight movies and shows that take you to the countryside
Panchayat: The hit of 2020 warmed our hearts with its heartfelt portrayal of Indian village life. The show takes us to a small village in Uttar Pradesh where Abhishek, a graduate in urban engineering, is to take a government post as “sachiv», And live there. Abhishek, who switches from hanging out in malls and taking selfies with his corporate friends, now has to deal with power cuts, do lauki ki sabzi on a stove, and walk the tightrope between local traditions and red tape even as he tries to implement government policy. Available on Amazon Prime.
Virgin river: The idyllic romantic series is one of the audience favorites as it enters Season 3 on Netflix. This is the story of Mel Monroe, who moves to a small riverside town in Northern California, leaving behind her hectic life as a nurse in a busy Los Angeles hospital. While she could have said goodbye to gunshot victims, here she must tackle the producers of weeds, fishing accidents and all that comes with rural life. The series is based on the eponymous novel by American author Robyn Carr.
Swades: The 2003 film had Shahrukh Khan as Mohan Bhargav, who quits his stuffed job at NASA, to return home to India and “light a light bulb” in the tiny village of Uttar Pradesh. Although he comes in search of Kaveri Amma, who looked after him as a child, he begins to embrace village life, warts, tradition and everything, including drinking unbottled water. The film is told through Bhargav’s eyes and addresses the issues of brain drain, tradition versus modernity, and how change begins at home.
In nature: The award-winning 2007 film tells the story of Christopher McCandless, who graduated from a major American university but was disappointed with life. He gives up everything and goes on a hike in the extreme wilderness of Alaska. Unprepared for the harsh winter, McCandles struggles to survive and make do with the resources at his disposal. He also sets up a base in an abandoned city bus and learns to hunt. Directed by Sean Penn, the film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by American writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer.
Hart from Dixie: The five-season show on Amazon Prime shows young and talented Dr. Zoe Hart failing to secure a scholarship in New York City, due to her “straight, overly relevant” bedside manners. The only community she could get was behind and beyond the town of Bluebell, Alabama. She struggles with southern life, where everyone minds everyone’s business, a long cry of slippery and bustling New York. While Hart’s first instinct is to run, she ultimately falls for the charm and serenity of a small town.
Funny farm: While most shows and movies have a learning curve, some are pure disasters. The 1988 comic book Funny Farm shares the antics of Chevy Chase, who plays Andy Farmer, a New York-based sports writer. Farmer decides to pursue his dreams and moves to the charming town of Redbud, Vermont. But the seemingly charming town is full of quirky residents who don’t get along with Farmer. Whether it’s digging up exorbitant funeral bills or putting a house up for sale, pranks and charades are the order of the day.
Grapes of Wrath: The 1940 classic, based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, is often considered one of the greatest films of all time. While the film is not the idyllic and charming experience that is most associated with moving to a farm / small town, it does delve into the challenges, both social and economic, that people face when moving to a farm / small town. they embark on a journey in search of a better life. We meet the Joads, a farming family who lost everything in the Great Depression of the 1930s and are on their way to California to look for work and better opportunities. The film was inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1989 by the Library of Congress “for its cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.”
Schitt Creek: While the hugely popular show on Netflix may not offer the idyllic natural charm of a remote country village, the winding learnings of the extremely wealthy Rose family, as they adjust to a small town in the middle of nowhere, make a good story. Spread over six seasons is the story of the Roses, who once came and dined, and traveled the world, but were cheated of their fortune, and were reduced to living in a motel in a small town of hick, called Schitt Creek. The city is littered with quirky characters and has frequent incidents involving the mayor etc. But the family is one and Schitt’s Creek also adopts the Roses as one of their own.