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A Map For Saturday

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  • Added on: May 2nd, 2010
Hi all,

I am thinking about buying A Map for Saturday. Has anyone seen it yet? How is it?

I cant seen to get it on NetFlix or at any other place besides their website. Anyway, before I drop $20, I was just looking for a quick movie review from any backpackers that might have seen it.

Thanks.

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I watched it and all of the extras that were on the DVD. It was good. I didn't want to spend the $20 either since I am putting all of my stuff into storage (leaving in ten days) but I did go ahead and order it. I liked the extras because it showed what happened to some of the people. I was a little disappointed because the trailer is so awesome but it was good. I would give it a B+.

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  • Added on: May 2nd, 2010
I live in New York and was able to find a copy of the dvd at the public library here. Might be worth looking into before making the purchase...
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I thought it was good, it focuses mostly on other travelers rather than locals but it will certainly get you in the mood.

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  • Added on: May 2nd, 2010
I own it -- think it is a great movie and have watched it several times.
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  • Added on: May 3rd, 2010
I saw the end of "A Map for Saturday" on MTV (when it first came on), but noticed right away that it didn't repeat (which is weird, because MTV repeats EVERYTHING)! Anwway, I finally caved in & bought! My husband and I love it & we like watching it when it seems like we may never get to our departure date. We're still in the process of saving & should be heading on our RTW in a year and a half.

Anyway, it definitely keeps us motivated!!!
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I liked A Map for Saturday.

It’s a film that, like its director, goes its own way. Its narrative is assembled around the experience and the cast of characters, focusing on each character’s personal growth and emotional experience as vagabonds. Locales serve as backdrops and never as subjects.

As a fellow traveller, however, I would have appreciated a more expansive look at the destinations and the cultures therein. It seems that this was an opportunity missed, and some of the scenes come off as somewhat myopic.

If you're interested, you can check out our full review here.
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I bought it. $20 hopefully well spent. Thanks for the advice all.
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It's worth it—can't wait to hear what you think!
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Kate and Dan wrote:I liked A Map for Saturday.

It’s a film that, like its director, goes its own way. Its narrative is assembled around the experience and the cast of characters, focusing on each character’s personal growth and emotional experience as vagabonds. Locales serve as backdrops and never as subjects.

As a fellow traveller, however, I would have appreciated a more expansive look at the destinations and the cultures therein. It seems that this was an opportunity missed, and some of the scenes come off as somewhat myopic.

I agree with this. It would have been nice if he would have put more focus on the locals, destinations, and cultures. But then, the director probably wanted to focus more on the travelers themselves, although I did hope that he would delve in deeper in understanding why some people want to do this.

But despite all that, it is very inspiring. Let me just say this -- I watched this on TV right after I arrived from a trip to Australia/NZ, and I just wanted to grab my backpack full of dirty laundry and head straight back to the airport. :D
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  • Added on: May 9th, 2010
I watched it this weekend and loved it. I felt that he hit all of the marks of long term round the world travel. I found myself totally relating to almost every part of his experience. It really got me excited for January 2011.

You know, I cant really knock him for not getting into the cultures and destinations. I think that topic has been done time and again, and just isn't what this movie was meant to be about. I thought the movie was about how long term round the world backpacking affects people and what they go through. What type of people do it and how it changes you. To me, the travel lifestyle is an aspect that might be brushed upon or addressed by other travel films and docs, but AMFS focuses on it and hits all the main points.

I wouldnt say this movie has changed my life, rather it made me really appreciate places I have been and the travel opportunities I have had... and the ones I am about to have.

Thanks all for the reviews and advice.
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  • Added on: May 23rd, 2010
Personally, it was okay, but not great. Let's say I'm glad it was a gift and the $20 wasn't mine.

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  • Added on: May 24th, 2010
Just got around to watching this after picking it up from my local library. Given the low budget and self-documentation, I was pretty impressed with the documentary and felt it gave an authentic and accurate impression of solo life on the road. I agree with Travel Droppings that it did a great job of focusing on the travel lifestyle, which is what I was hoping it would do.

What I enjoyed most were the interviews of other travelers, specifically the parts where they talked about what their friends and family thought of their long-term traveling. We're a rare breed out there (especially American travelers) so it was nice to have the validation in our choice of traveling...
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Very much worth a watch. He's new one 'One Day in Africa' is just as good as well. Highly recommend it. I have full reviews on AOB.
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  • Added on: June 22nd, 2010
I think the DVD was meant more to expose what life as a backpacker is like. Not so much the destination as the journey.


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