Che: Part Two (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

Spain/France/USA, 2008.  , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by , ,based on Bolivian Diary by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The biographical look at the revolutionary who made his name in the Cuban revolution is continued in this complete change of pace from Part One.  Director Steven Soderbergh even employs a different aspect ratio as he switches from the burning sun of the Caribbean island to the cold, mountainous regions of Bolivia, where Guevara is sent by Castro to mobilize the downtrodden, poor natives to rise up against wealthy oligarchs and take back their country. Unfortunately, Bolivia is nothing like Cuba: poverty is not highly concentrated as it was on the tiny island, the pressure building to explosion. In this country everything is remotely located and it takes very little for Che and his woefully underfunded people to get completely lost in the wilderness. Dry, subtly toned and often wordless, this second half probably won’t be audiences’ preferred chapter in Soderbergh’s epic but is still a strong piece of work: the naturalism really takes over as you start feeling yourself living this man’s life right alongside him, even though the details of his character are much more lost in the background than they were the first time around.

The Criterion Collection:  #496

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2008

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