My most recent quest for trailers of interest led me to several previews with exotic and/or unreal locales. This week on Trailer Park we're looking at films that present worlds beyond the ordinary.

This animated French film creates a world that fascinated from the very first seconds of the trailer, despite the fact that the preview is entirely in French with no English subtitles. Based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi that takes place in pre-revolutionary Iran, the black and white animation reminds me a bit of comics drawn by Los Bros Hernandez and other indie comic artists, but the film's look is very much its own. The trailer alone had me wanting to see this, but James Rocchi's proclamation that this is "a fresh, moving, out-of-the-gate masterpiece," (check out his review here) sealed the deal.

The Golden Compass
Based on the first book in the Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, this trailer plays up the fact that New Line brought us the Lord of the Rings movies. This tale of a twelve year old girl on an epic quest through a magnificently designed parallel universe will also bring to mind such recent fantasy films as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the Harry Potter films. This world in which blimps float over futuristic cities, polar bears can talk and seemingly every piece of technology is run by clockwork gears looks fascinating. Don't just take my word for it; have a look for yourself:

Becoming Jane

Anne Hathaway stars as British novelist Jane Austen in this drama set in the eighteenth century. Fiction writing was a male dominated field at the time, and Jane's passion for it is met with some disdain. When Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith) is told of Jane's desire to write her response is, "can anything be done about it?" Jane's love for a penniless man meets with equal displeasure. "Affection is desirable," she is told, "but money is absolutely indispensable." The costumes and period settings are first rate, and the cast looks quite good. I'm normally not a fan of this type of film, but I think it's Miss Hathaway that's drawing me to this one. Here's Ryan's take on it.