Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Motorcycle Diaries

Walter Salles, US-Brazil, 2004 (8.7*)
Very inspirational story of Ernesto Guevara’s (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) motorcycle trip around South America before he became "Che", along with his friend and fellow medical student Alberto Granada (Rodrigo de la Serna), training to be doctors, who decide to travel around their continent to see how best they can help the people.

Along the way, Ernesto finds that many natives are being kicked off their own land by corrupt governments in the pay of U.S. corporations who want the land for mining or oil drilling. There’s also an inspiring section during which the two are volunteer workers at a leper colony. There’s a lot here beneath surface of Che’s "travel diaries" upon which this was based. Very popular movie worldwide, rightly so.


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