Bad Vacations

Bad Vacations

14 Episodes

Wishing you could get away this summer? This collection of some of cinema’s most memorably disastrous trips will have you reconsidering the comforts of home. Dreaming of the crystal blue waters of the French Riviera? The existential ennui of Otto Preminger’s BONJOUR TRISTESSE and Eric Rohmer’s LA COLLECTIONNEUSE should set you straight. Pining for romance under the Italian sun? Just see how it works out for the tourists in Paul Schrader’s THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS and Joanna Hogg’s UNRELATED. And then there’s the terror of a camping excursion gone wrong in the Ozploitation shocker LONG WEEKEND, the dread-inducing psychological torpor of a dysfunctional family getaway in Lucrecia Martel’s LA CIÉNAGA, and the black-comic craziness of a killer road trip in Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS. Finally, whatever you do, take a lesson from HOUSE and do not, under any circumstances, visit your witchy aunt’s possessed, people-munching domicile . . .

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Bad Vacations
  • Bad Vacations Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Bonjour tristesse

    Episode 2

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1958 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg

    Otto Preminger’s second collaboration with the singular Jean Seberg casts her as Cecile, a hedonistic teenager living on the French Riviera with her similarly decadent father Raymond (David Niven),...

  • La collectionneuse

    Episode 3

    Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1967 • France

    A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a "collector" of men. Rohmer's f...

  • The Deep

    Episode 4

    Directed by Peter Yates • 1977 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte

    Adapted from the best seller by JAWS author Peter Benchley, this action-packed blockbuster thriller gave audiences yet another reason to stay out of the water. Nick Nolte and Jacque...

  • House
    1:27:56
    Episode 5

    House

    Episode 5

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1977 • Japan
    Starring Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba

    How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (HAUSU)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of “Scooby-Doo” as directed by Mario Bava? Any...

  • Long Weekend

    Episode 6

    Directed by Colin Eggleston • 1978 • Australia
    Starring John Hargreaves, Briony Behets

    Nature fights back in a tense, terrifying Ozploitation classic with an urgent ecological message. Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a...

  • The Green Ray

    Episode 7

    Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1986 • France

    While on summer vacation, a lonely woman attempts to deal with her personal feelings of isolation.

  • The Sheltering Sky

    Episode 8

    Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci • 1990 • United Kingdom, Italy
    Starring Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott

    Paul Bowles’s haunting novel receives a rich, sensuous adaptation courtesy of master director Bernardo Bertolucci. Looking to rekindle their lost passion, American couple Kit (Deb...

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    Episode 9

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1990 • United States
    Starring Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson

    Two couples are drawn into a dark psychosexual vortex in Paul Schrader’s stylish take on the erotic thriller. Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are a British couple hoping to repa...

  • Funny Games

    Episode 10

    Directed by Michael Haneke • 1997 • Austria
    Starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch

    Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation, FUNNY GAMES spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. ...

  • La Ciénaga

    Episode 11

    Directed by Lucrecia Martel • 2001 • Argentina, Spain
    Starring Martín Adjemián, Diego Baenas, Leonora Balcarce

    The release of Lucrecia Martel’s LA CIÉNAGA heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beaut...

  • Fat Girl
    1:26:35
    Episode 12

    Fat Girl

    Episode 12

    Directed by Catherine Breillat • 2001 • France, Italy
    Starring Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero de Rienzo

    Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, fifteen-year-old Elena, is a beauty. While the girls are on vacation with their parents, Anaïs tags along as Elena explores the dreary seaside ...

  • Unrelated
    1:36:03
    Episode 13

    Unrelated

    Episode 13

    Directed by Joanna Hogg • 2007 • United Kingdom
    Starring Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston

    Anna (Kathryn Worth) arrives in Italy to stay with her school friend Verena (Mary Roscoe) and her family in their rented villa in Tuscany. Her partner Alex was meant to accompany her, but Anna tells Verena...

  • Sightseers

    Episode 14

    Directed by Ben Wheatley • 2012 • United Kingdom
    Starring Alice Lowe, Steve Oram

    Ben Wheatley’s third feature is an unmistakably English black comedy that charts a misfit couple’s road trip as it evolves into a killing spree. Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wa...