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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) 4 Stars

"This film tells the incredible true story of a 23-year-old medical student from Argentina, Che Guevara (yes, that Che, played here by Gael Garcia Bernal), who motorcycled across South America with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) in 1951-52.

The trek became a personal odyssey that ultimately crystallized the young man's budding revolutionary beliefs. Based on Che's own diaries of the trip." Netflix summary.

Although released several years ago, this film retains a fresh currency with the classic "life is a journey" theme that, even if we rarely move beyond a small series of steps in our own lives, we can learn much about "life" if we choose to participate with it. The film takes the road-trip genre and creates a tableau in which to understand genesis of events, for an empathic young man embarking on a medical career to eventually pursue a social and ultimately a political solution to the conditions of the common person throughout his encounters across the South American continent.

Bernal is wonderful as the asthmatic Guevara, initially bouyant at the onset of the cross continent journey; only to arrive with purpose and gravitas at the leper colony where he will spend the last few weeks of his months' long journey. de la Serna as his "chubby" companion, is a perfect foil and "mentor" during the adventure.

The diverse beauty of South America is the third and most poetic "character" that allows the two main characters to clarify their lives' mission. A grand little film.

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