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The Motorcycle Diaries(Diarios de motocicleta)

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Argentina, USA, Chile

2004

Rated R • 2h 6m

Director Walter Salles

Starring Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mercedes Morán, Mía Maestro

Genre Drama

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Based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts the life-changng adventures he had with his best friend, Alberto Granado, while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.

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Megan Rochlin Profile picture for Megan Rochlin

The film isn't exceptionally great or anything. For a film about Che Guevara it is notably apolitical and seems to have no clear consciousness of exactly what statement it wants to make. That being said, it is well acted and has some stunning cinematography. It's worth a watch if only for the beautiful scenery and even more beautiful Gael Garcia Bernal.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

70

The Hollywood Reporter by

A smartly scoped story of great personal growth and transformation. It's not hard to see the personality/political basis for Che's later revolutionary actions.
50

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Much of the film glides past with a slightly purposeless elegance. Astounding landscapes rise and fall away; enticing women glance and dance and disappear.
50

L.A. Weekly by Ernest Hardy

A gorgeously burnished vintage post card come to life, Motorcycle Diaries has about as much depth and emotional currency as the cardboard that post card would be stamped on.
70

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Handsomely shot by Brazilian director Walter Salles and beautifully played by the two leads, The Motorcycle Diaries would amount to little more than a minor, softly politically conscious coming-of-age story, if not for its historical context.

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