The Motorcycle Diaries Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for The Motorcycle Diaries the Movie

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Unadorned narrative about the life of a pre-revolutionary Che Guevara, based on his diaries and a memoir from his best friend. In 1952, naive, asthmatic 23-year-old middle-class medical student Ernesto Guevara (Garcia Bernal) and his rowdy, older compadre, Alberto Granado (de la Serna) decide to take what will be a life-changing adventure. They spend a few months on Ernesto's motorcycle traveling from Buenos Aires to Venezuela. By the time they reach Chile, and then Peru, Ernesto is dismayed by the poverty and injustice he sees around him; an extended stay caring for the sick in the San Pablo leper colony provides an emotional turning point. The film avoids being either a travelogue or a political polemic, thanks to the skill of both director Salles and his two leads. Spanish with subtitles.


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Available on DVD
Running time 128 minutes.
Originally from United States, Argentinian, Peruvian.

Cast and Crew

Biopics: Politics, South America, Road Trip, Period Piece: 1950s, Historical Drama, Cuba, Adapted from Memoirs or Diaries, Buddies
Jose Rivera
Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mia Maestro, Gustavo Bueno, Jorge Chiarella
Eric Gautier
Walter Salles
Gustavo Santaolalla
Jean-Claude Brisson, Daniel Rezende, Carlos Conti, Graciela Oderigo, Laurent Ott, Maria Eugenia Sueiro, Beatriz di Benedetto, Marisa Urruti
Michael Nozik, Edgard Tenembaum, Karen Tenkhoff, South Fork Pictures, Tu Va Voir Prods., Focus Features


Oscars 2004: Song ("Al Otro Lado Del Rio"); British Acad. 2004: Foreign Film; British Acad. 2005: Orig. Score; Ind. Spirit 2005: Cinematog., Debut Perf. (de la Serna).

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