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The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries
  • 2004
  • US/Germany/UK/Peru/Argentina/Chile
  • 128 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Walter Salles
  • Cast: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna
  • Language: Spanish, Quechua

Years before he became one of the leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto 'Ché' Guevara took a formative journey across Latin America on a rickety motorbike with his friend Alberto Granado. Inspired by Guevara's journal account, Brazilian director Walter Salles lovingly recreates this epic cross-continental trip, in a film that grows in stature as it progresses. Minus the iconic cap and beard, Mexican man-of-the-moment Bernal plays El Ché with a quiet assurance, while Rodrigo de la Serna is the perfect foil as the lusty Granado. A film that pays its respects without resorting to crass cliché.

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