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Based on the journals of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto 'Ché' Guevara, this coming-of-age road movie by Brazilian director Walter Salles follows the adventures of the young medical student Ché (Gael García Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granada (Rodrigo de la Serna) as they cross South America on motorbikes in the early 1950s, on their way to take up their medical residency at a leper colony in Peru. Along the way, the men discover much about life and about their own views on the world - and begin to realise just how different their individual destinies have become. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
The beauty of the South American landscape and of Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education) gives The Motorcycle Diaries a charisma that is decidedly apolitical. But this portrait of the young Che Guevara (later to become a militant revolutionary) is half buddy-movie, half social commentary--and while that may seem an unholy hybrid, under the guidance of Brazillian director Walter Salles (Central Station) the movie is quietly passionate. Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna, a lusty and engaging actor) set off from Buenos Aires, hoping to circumnavigate the continent on a leaky motorcycle. They end up travelling more by foot, hitchhiking, and raft, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. No movie could affect an audience the same way, but The Motorcycle Diaries gives a soulful glimpse of an awakening social conscience, and that's worth experiencing. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product description
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Gael García Bernal plays a believable Ernesto Guevara, the person that would later be known as "Che". Rodrigo de la Serna is just as convincing as Alberto Granado, and he makes us laugh from time to time with his antics. However, the main characters aren't them, but the people they encounter in their travels, and that add up to represent people of all South America who suffered from differents kinds of injustice. We aren't shown the people that were well-off, although we get a glimpse of their lives when Ernesto visits his girlfriend before he starts his journey. Rather, we are faced with the problems of those who lived in less fortunate circumstances, for example aborigines that had been expelled of their lands, or poor people that couldn't find a job and had to travel looking for one. The spectator is also shown people who helped those in need, for example in the hospital for leprosy patients that Ernesto and Alberto visited with the purpose of learning more about the disease...
"The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the two books that Guevara and Granados wrote about their travel: "The Motorcycle Diaries" by Guevara and "With Che Through Latin America" by Alberto Granado.Read more ›
I would recommend this film to anyone who needs reassurance that there are people out there who can make such a difference and inspire others!
It also makes you want to fly over to Peru- what wonderful landscape!!!
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We had just returned home from a tour of Cuba and were fascinated by the revolution story, and wanted to learn more about Che. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chiefmarcher
I have seen this before in a small cinema in Cambridge and fell in love with the film then. It remains just as fresh some 15 years later and just as watchable, should be every... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Browne
Great movie, not worth the blue ray price though for the quality on screen resembles a DVD quality. The movie will take your mind on a wonderful adventure through south America,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Saunders
Anyone who did a road trip back in the day will love this, it sure took me straight back to some reckless but brilliant teen years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lorelei
This film centers on the making of the man, not the legend or figure of hate. A middle class educated man witnesses crippling poverty and exploitation, and is never quite the same... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew Stockall