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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
"Diarios de motocicleta" (original title)

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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

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Mercedes Morán ...
Celia de la Serna (Argentina)
Jean Pierre Noher ...
Ernesto Guevara Lynch (Argentina) (as Jean-Pierre Noher)
Lucas Oro ...
Roberto Guevara (Argentina)
Marina Glezer ...
Celita Guevara (Argentina)
Sofia Bertolotto ...
Ana María Guevara (Argentina) (as Sofía Bertolotto)
Franco Solazzi ...
Juan Martín Guevara (Argentina)
Ricardo Díaz Mourelle ...
Uncle Jorge (Argentina) (as Ricardo Diaz Mourelle)
Sergio Boris ...
Young Traveler (Argentina)
Daniel Cargieman ...
Young Traveler (Argentina) (as Daniel Kargieman)
Diego Giorzi ...
Rodolfo (Argentina)
Facundo Espinosa ...
Tomás Granado (Argentina)
Matias Gomez ...
Kid (Argentina) (as Matías Gómez)
Diego Treu ...
Kid (Argentina)
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In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (they often stretching the truth to gain the favor of a variety of strangers to help them), arguments between the two in their frequent isolation solely with each other, their raging libidos which sometimes get ... Written by Huggo

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Opening Weekend:

$24,918 (Hong Kong) (5 November 2004)

Gross:

$16,756,372 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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Trivia

Ernesto and Alberto's real-life motorcycle was a British-made Norton International, with a 500cc single-cylinder engine. For the film, the crew used restored Nortons, except for the crash scenes, which used modern Suzukis made up to look like Nortons (and christened "Nortsukis"). According to the director, the old Nortons were unfailingly reliable, and the modern Suzukis constantly broke down. See more »

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At Macchu Pichu, a piece is broken off of the sundial at the Inti Huatana (Hitching Post of the Sun). The damage occurred in 2000, when a crane fell on it. In the 1950s, it was still in perfect condition. See more »

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Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?
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The closing credits are overlaid on original photos from the real journey of Alberto and Ernesto. See more »


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Written by Gustavo Santaolalla
Interpreted by Gustavo Santaolalla
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Editorial Vasudeva & Universal Music Publishing Group
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Sheer brilliance
8 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From director Walter Salles comes a very moving road journey which had me completely spellbound by the end and I'm sure would gain many viewer's hearts as the infamous director dives deep into many different issues.

The story centres around two young doctors going on a motorbike journey around the world, not for personal gain but for the experience. This idea was completely outstanding. It gives the audience an understanding of young people's desires, not for personal gains such as money but for an experience into real life issues and wishing to know more about the world around them. These ideas I'm sure would make viewers aspire to be like the central characters to go out and explore the world and that was a reason why I personally loved this drama, because it gives inspiration to the audience and really moves them in a way which will leave you completely spellbound.

The film centres on many issues but one which stuck out for me was the heavy ideologies of health. In the year 1950 there were many health issues present in the poorer counties such as Peru and this Oscar winning drama is able to capture these issues magnificently. The two central protagonists are doctors and are wishing to help others with their knowledge and expertise as they explore the less fortunate countries to help with the many depressing health problems the countries are experiencing. There is a very highly emotional driven scene when the lead character tries to help a very ill woman who is refusing to be treated. Tensions are always running high in the latter stages of the film when many issues are wishing to be resolved and the central protagonists are putting themselves on the line to help the ill residents of the poor countries.

Having changes in situations was a very powerful technique. The characters experience a poor life and a rich life. Audiences will see different perspectives of life in the 1950s when seeing there are poor and rich countries and are divided by the smallest differences, such as illnesses. We also see more joyous moments and highly emotional driven scenes which also gives a sense of how life is, the good and bad sides are both expressed in equal amounts which in my opinion was a fantastic move and will capture your heart as it did mine

Centred on the 1950s the film captured the essence of the politically driven time beautifully. Audiences see job issues, money problems and country matters which all juxtapose perfectly to capture the essence of the time and crate a high realism in context of the time

The acting by everyone involved is absolutely outstanding and it confused me when not one received an Oscar nomination because Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna are remarkable as the two travellers. Both dealing with their own issues we see different types of characters but similar characteristics to which made the film more believable of society where opinions are divided but also shared.

Bernal plays a character who is always saying what he feels and is never wishing to back down from anyone or anything and he pulled it off tremendously. The passion he creates as the central protagonist Guevara is utterly astonishing as he deals with asthma problems, love lives and money issues. It's a lot for him to take as he realises how serious life can be. Serna to also pulls off a classic performance as the older more experienced of the two who is always looking for that little bit more than his fellow traveller.

Using different countries such as Peru, Venezuela, and Spain allows viewers to gain an insight into the vastness of life. Using poor countries as well as rich countries allows viewers to see different sides to the world in the 1950s and was pulled off greatly. The characters can therefore experience what a posh life is like as well as what life in the fast lane gives them. The camera work is astonishing. Shooting from Venezuela, Peru etc we see different perspective of the countries. The scenery is always beautiful with shots of the towns in a poor state and the general background of the countries is to be admired. The shots of the bike on the roads are to be admired. The camera moves adjacent to the bike giving the realistic effect of the bike moving fast along the empty roads, gaining a sense of freedom and enjoyment.

From watching this film I can say I have been inspired to get on a motorbike and explore the world. Seeing what the central protagonists saw will inspire many as it has inspired me and I have no hesitation in recommending this Oscar winning drama to anyone.


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