The Motorcycle Diaries

January 12, 20068:30pm

The film recounts the 1952 expedition, partly by motorcycle, across South America by Ernesto Guevara, later known as the revolutionary leader Ché, and his friend Alberto Granado. The screenplay is based primarily on Guevara’s trip diary of the same name, with additional context supplied by Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary by Granado.

As well as being a road movie, the film is a coming-of-age film as Guevara finds himself gradually transformed by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. Through the characters they encounter on their continental trek, Guevara and Granado witness first hand the injustices that the destitute face and are exposed to people and social classes they would have never encountered otherwise.

The Motorcycle Diaries may not provide any satisfactory answers as to how a 23-year-old medical student went on to become arguably the most famous revolutionary of the latter half of the 20th Century, but it has an undeniable charm in that it imbues the memories of youth with a sense of altruism and purity – which are complemented by the scenery. It’s an incomplete portrait to be sure, but it’s a gorgeous depiction of two best friends riding unknowingly into the history books.” The Daily Telegraph

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Film Information
Release year: 2004
Running time:   128 mins
Directed by: Walter Salles
Language: Spanish
Country: Argentina, Germany, UK, USA
Classification: 15
Genre: Drama
Starring: Gael García Bernal,
Rodrigo de la Serna,
Mía Maestro

Cannes Francois Chalais Award,
Oscar (Original Song),
BAFTA Best Film Not in the English Language

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