In 1952 a young medical student and a biochemist from Argentina set off on a road trip across South America. As they straddled their beaten up motorcycle the men talked in awed tones of the sights they were about to experience. The record of their trip may have disappeared into the ether if one of the riders departing on that fateful day hadnt been the future insurrectionary figurehead of the Cuban revolution Ernesto Che Guevara (played here by Gael Garcia Bernal). The young Ches companion on the trip was his best friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) with their simple goals being to enjoy themselves and meet some girls along the way. As the trip unfolds at the behest of their spluttering motorcycle the boys discover more about themselves than they ever imagined possible. Ernesto clings tightly to his ideals throughout and delights in the opportunity to put them into practice. His refusal to spend the 20 provided by his girlfriend Chichina Ferreyra (Mia Maestro) constantly angers his travelling companion as the two succumb to pangs of hunger. Ernestos charitable nature comes to the fore when he reveals that he gave the money to a pair of out-of-work illegal immigrants. The trip winds down as the friends offer their medical expertise to a leper colony in Peru with the duos youthful folly acquiescing to adulthood and the dawning realization of where they should head in life. Based on the books THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (by Guevara) and TRAVELLING WITH CHE GUEVARA (by Granado) director Walter Salles (CENTRAL STATION) pulls some highly accomplished performances from his two leads. The South American landscape is breathtakingly captured on camera with Salles vividly reproducing a continent beleaguered by poverty and disease but containing a population in possession of an unshakeable sense of optimism as beautifully personified by Guevara and Granado.
Release Date: 24 September 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 120 minutes
Production Year: 2004
Main Language: Spanish
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