Wanderlust (2000)

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One of a series of 20 programmes shot in European Union countries by local filmmakers. Some 250,000 Germans own second homes elsewhere in the EU. The programme features a Swedish estate agent who has sold more than 500 homes in the southern town of Emmaboda to Germans in the last 20 years. His clients, looking for the good life and a retirement home, are popular with the locals who appreciate German tidiness, good manners and interest in their culture and language. The story from Portugal is rather different. It features a German woman who buys and sells old farmhouses in the Alantejo region to fellow Germans. Many vendors would rather not sell, but with the depopulation of the countryside, there is little choice if they want to move into more comfortable accommodation themselves. Features one such woman, who lives for a time in a part of the house with the new German owners. Unlike their Swedish counterparts, her family feel like second-class, impoverished citizens whose land is being bought cheaply by rich Europeans from the north. NB: The broadcast series title was `Desperately seeking EUtopia'.

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