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Janapar (2012)

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It was the start of a brand new life, but Tom Allen's dream journey takes an unlikely detour when he falls in love with an Iranian-Armenian girl.


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23-year-old Englishman Tom Allen is all set for a successful office-bound career, but he finds himself persisted by a question many of us face: isn't there more to life than this? Leaving everything and everyone behind, Tom sets off without maps or guidebooks on a quest to find the answer. But his new nomadic lifestyle is thrown into turmoil when he meets an Iranian-Armenian girl and falls in love. Tom does everything to keep his dream alive, but is forced to choose between her and the road. His decision takes him to the depths of the Sahara Desert, where - amidst challenges unimaginable - he catches a glimpse of the answer he set out to find. Filmed by Tom over four years with cinematic ambition, Janapar - named after an Armenian word for "journey" - is an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you're looking for when you least expect it. Written by Anonymous

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Love, on a bike.



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Tom Allen: What is the appeal of not knowing where you're going? I don't know... I think it's because we don't have that much risk in our daily lives any more these days. So to do something like this is a way of... refreshing the senses, and getting those, you know, getting those instincts going again.
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Long, boring and sentimental, this film is most definitely not an adventure documentary
25 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film was highly recommended by our local bike shop when I called in with my son, who is preparing for the Great Divide mountain bike ride in a few weeks. We dutifully downloaded it that evening, looking forward to an informative and engaging account of a genuine adventure. What we got instead was an interminable story of a rather callow young man who has what is in effect little more than a holiday romance whilst in the midst of a cycling tour. The romance side is dull, the riding is dull, the direct-to-camera descriptions of the cyclist's various dilemmas are likewise excruciatingly dull. What is impressive is the sterling effort that has been made to fashion what must have been many hours of tedious footage into something resembling a documentary. Likewise the soundtrack is very well put together. Sadly, the intrinsic banality of the source material does not lead to a silk purse level of achievement, rather a sow's ear emerges from what would otherwise have been an even more unappetizing porcine body-part.

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