The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB

Original title:  Diarios De Motocicleta

Argentina/USA/United Kingdom/Germany/Mexico/Chile/Peru/France2004.  FilmFour, Wildwood Enterprises, Tu Vas Voir Productions, BD Cine, Inca Films S.A., Sahara Films, Senator Film Produktion, Sound for Film.  Screenplay by ,  based on the books Notas De Viaje by , Con El Che Por America Latina by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

One semester shy of completing medical school, 23 year-old Ernesto de la Serna, later to be known as revolutionary leader Che Guevara, sets off on a journey across South America with his best friend Alberto Granado. The two of them (both played brilliantly by as Guevara and as Granado) plan to travel from Buenos Aires up the west coast of South America all the way to Caracas, to get a personal view of this continent that they love so much but of which they know so little.  The youthful folly of running wild turns into a heartrending experience of understanding the oppression and poverty that the citizens of Latin America live in, and the seeds of revolution are sown in the newly christened Che’s mind (the name comes from the citizens of Peru teasing Argentinians about their using thatexpression). Walter Salles has created another cinematic gem, a moving and sometimes chilling road movie that gets right into the emotions of its main characters and allows the audience to feel everything from their perspective. Bernal adds another exceptional performance to his resume, and de la Serna makes a terrific breakthrough. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience.

Academy Award:  Best Original Song (“Al Otro Lado Del Rio”)
Nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  2004

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