Archive for July, 2010
Directed by: Walter Salles
Story: Che Guevara
Starring: Gael García Bernal
Rodrigo de la Serna
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
It is a 2004 Spanish biopic and travelogue movie. It is about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. The film recounts the 1952 journey, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. As the adventure centered around youthful hedonism unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by his observations of the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry.
Won Award : Academy Awards: Oscar; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song; Jorge Drexler; for the song “Al otro lado del río”; 2005.
Courtesy: Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Motorcycle_Diaries_(film)
Film Plot: Two friends plan to accomplish their dream – Travel around the Latin American continent. They are going to a far of place leaving their family and loved once. The Travel makes them to see the real world that they are not aware off. These change their life completely from inside.
The film starts with the phrases:
THIS IS NOT THE TALE OF IMPRESSIVE DEEDS|IS A PIECE OF TWO LIVES TAKEN IN A MOMENT|WHEN THEY WERE CRUISING TOGETHER ALONG A GIVEN PATH|WITH THE SAME IDENTITY OF ASPIRATIONS AND DREAM – Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, 1952
The Plan: To travel 8 thousands kilometres in four months.
The Method: Improvisation
The Objective: Explore the Latin American continent that we only know by books.
The Equipment: La Poderosa – A motorcycle
The Pilot: Alberto Granado – A chubby friend, 29 years old and biochemist self proclaimed scientific vagabond.
The Pilot’s dream: Crown the trip with he’s 30th birthday
Copilot: That would be me. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. A 23 years old MD student, Leprosy specialist, Amateur Rugby player and asthmatic.
The Route: from Buenos Aires to Patagonia|and then Chile then to the north up to 6 thousand meters|by the spine of the Andes to Machu Picchu. From there, to the lepers home of San Pablo|in the Peruvian Amazonia. Final Destination: the Peninsula of Guajira in Venezuela|at the north point of the continent.
Journey Starts: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA|January 4th, 1952|Km 0
With all the advices, blessings, suggestions and trusting La Poderosa their journey start. Keeping all the exams behind and having the Latin America in front of them. Holding only the restlessness and dreaming spirit.
How this journey changes them from inside than they thought is the reset of the story.
Journey Ends: Caracas, Venezuela|July 26th, 1952|Km 12425
The film ends with:
Granado: Ernesto… i have to tell you something important. My birthday is not on April 2nd, it is on August 8th.I told you only to motivate you.
Ernesto: I knew.
This is not the tale of impressive deeds. Is a piece of two lives taken in a moment when they were cruising together along a given path with identity of aspirations and a conjunction of dreams was our vision too narrow, too partial, too rushed? Were our conclusions too rigid? Maybe… but that aimless roaming through our enormous America has changed me more than I thought I… am not myself anymore. At least, I’m not the same inside.