In English the film is called Sheltering Sky. In French it’s Un thé au Sahara. Such a split between the existential and the mundane (the exotic mundane, but still). It might have to do with Bertolucci’s epic outpost, which somehow deflects and overcomes any notion of science fiction.

Kit: We're not tourists. We're travelers.

Tunner: What's the difference?

Port: A tourist thinks about going home the moment they arrive. Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.