Sunday 15 June 2008

The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios De Motocicleta) [2003]

Based on the autobiographical chronicles of the legendary Leftist revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevera, this heartfelt and vibrant biopic deftly tells how Ernesto, a medical student, became Che, the icon of guerilla warfare. The road movie follows the historic motorcycle trip, undertaken by Che and his best friend Alberto Granado, on a vintage chopper, from their native Argentina to Peru. The movie has captured the breathtaking beauty and the despicable poverty in the South American countries in equal measures. What starts as a fun experience with no strings attached, turns into a life altering experience that transforms them into men. The trip presented in the movie ends at a leper colony at Peru, but we realize that the actual journey of Che has just begun. The incredible journey is made even more profoundly absorbing thanks in large parts to astonishing cinematography and terrific performances by the leads.

Director: Walter Salles Jr.
Genre: Drama/Road Movie/Buddy Film/Coming-of-Age/Docu-Fiction/Biopic
Language: Spanish
Country: Argentina/Brazil/Chile/Peru

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