I simply completed watching a extremely entertaining documentary movie about 4 younger French males who traveled world wide on their bicycles whereas partaking in a lot of different wild and wacky adventures alongside the way in which. The movie I’m speaking about known as “Solidream” and it’s the story of Morgan, Siphay, Brian and Bertand.
Beginning at their house in France, the 4 younger males slowly make their manner bike bike all the way in which world wide – on a winding, twisting route that takes them throughout all 7 continents (even Antarctica, which they go to on a sailboat – not with their bicycles).
Solidream: The Components I Preferred Most
The most effective factor about this film is that’s provides the viewer an correct illustration of what it’s prefer to journey the world by bike. Bicycle touring is wondrous and unimaginable in a single second, and tough and monotonous within the subsequent. You meet folks alongside the way in which that you simply’ll keep in mind for the remainder of your life, and also you spend a lot time by yourself that you simply get sick of your self.
When you’re a youngster, dreaming of a world bicycle touring adventures (particularly a journey that entails touring with a number of associates), then Solidream is a movie you positively wish to watch earlier than you’re taking off from house.
The factor I favored most concerning the males on this movie is that whereas bicycle touring world wide was their important purpose, they realized (pretty early on) that there must be extra to a world bicycle touring journey that merely using bicycles over an excellent lengthy distance. They even stated at one level within the movie (and I’m paraphrasing now) that “after some time, all of the roads and vehicles start to look the identical.” And I can inform you from my very own bicycle touring adventures all world wide, that that is very true! Whereas an out of doors observer may be capable of have a look at your journey world wide and observe the small variations between the locations and the folks you’re using by, while you’re within the second for your self and also you’ve been touring for weeks and months at a time, it could generally be tough to distinguish one place or someday from the final.
And so, to interrupt up the monotony of their international bicycle tour, Morgan, Siphay, Brian and Bertand got here up with all kinds of untamed adventures so as to add to their travels world wide – adventures akin to crusing to Antarctica, constructing rafts and floating them down a Canadian river, kite-surfing on their bicycles in Australia, and a complete lot extra!
Ever since I began Bicycle Touring Professional in late 2007, I’ve been telling those that there must be extra to your bike tour than merely using a bicycle over extraordinarily lengthy distances – particularly in case you’re planning a motorcycle journey that spans throughout a number of nations/continents. I don’t care how a lot you prefer to journey your bike – after a whilst you’re most likely going to need a break. So being open to those extra adventures (like crusing, rafting, browsing, and so on.) is an effective way so as to add much more depth and memorability to any biking journey.
Lastly, I ought to commend the filmmakers on their cinematography, storytelling methods, and the general high quality of the movie. I’ve watched dozens of bicycle touring movies and reviewed lots of them right here on Bicycle Touring Professional. I do know what makes a great movie and what doesn’t… and the filmmakers right here made loads of good selections.
One among their finest selections, in my view, was that they confirmed us their journey world wide in a non-sequential order. In different phrases, they didn’t simply begin at first after which observe their journey world wide from there. That sort of storyline may work in some cases, nevertheless it doesn’t normally work effectively for bicycle touring as a result of essentially the most attention-grabbing bits of a motorcycle tour don’t at all times occur in a straight line that may be simply adopted.
Within the Solidream documentary, the story begins someplace within the center, jumps again to the start about half-way by the movie, leaps ahead to the three-quarters mark, after which finishes with the lads arriving house in France. This, in my view, was an effective way to inform the story of their bike tour world wide.
Solidream: The Components I Preferred The Least
My solely actual criticism of this movie (apart from the identify of the movie itself (Solidream – What does it imply precisely? I don’t know!)) is definitely a praise.
First the criticism: After watching the movie, I’m nonetheless unsure who the 4 males are that had been featured within the movie. I do know that there have been 4 of them in whole, however I couldn’t truly inform you which one was Morgan or which one was Siphay. Who’s Brian and who’s Bertand? I wouldn’t be capable of say. Watching the movie, I simply noticed 4 younger French males who all form of look alike… and I used to be by no means capable of actually get to know any of the lads in the way in which you may get to know a lot of the characters in every other documentary or movie.
Having stated that, the truth that you by no means actually get to know the 4 important characters permits you because the viewer to extra simply see your self of their place. What I imply by that is that once I was watching the movie, I wasn’t watching Morgan, Siphay, Brian and Bertand journey their bikes throughout the Amazon jungle. I used to be watching myself and three of my associates using our bikes throughout the Amazon jungle! As a result of their faces had been so interchangeable, it was simpler for me to push them out of the story and extra simply put myself of their place.
From a storytelling standpoint, it really works! And it makes the movie that rather more rewarding for the viewing viewers. In contrast to Felix Starck’s movie Pedal The World, which is a movie that focuses 110% on the filmmaker’s bike journey world wide and is nearly completely void of the folks he travels with and/or meets alongside the way in which, Solidream is the other of that. Solidream is a film about touring with your mates (the great occasions and the unhealthy)… and it’s a movie concerning the folks you meet alongside the way in which.
If you’re in search of a high-quality documentary concerning the bicycle touring way of life… SOLIDREAM is the movie for you! Watch it and let me know what you assume by leaving a remark on the finish of this text.