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Journey Within: Exploring Life & Love Through Classic Travel Films

Films about travel take us not only to unfamiliar places but also make us introspect. we revisit four iconic films about love, life, and finding oneself

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In "Happy Together" (1997), directed by Wong Kar-wai, two gay men from Hong Kong—Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-Fai (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)—travel to Argentina to see the Iguazu Falls. Their voyage, however, ends in disaster and disappointment: They run out of money and break up. Despite several attempts to reconcile, their relationship is marred; yet, through all their troubles in a foreign land, where they are stranded, Ho and Lai fantasise about the Iguazu Falls, a metonym of sorts, a signifier of the possibilities of travel, love, and fulfilment that constantly eludes them.