Spanning much of 1952 and hundreds upon hundreds of kilometers across South America, this chapter of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's storied existence concerns his misadventures at age 23, the year before he earned his medical degree and several years before his guerrilla philosophies would transform the lives of millions and lead him to his execution and martyrdom. Directed with great indigenous poetry by Walter Salles (Behind the Sun), the movie starts out frothy, with prim Guevara (Mexican star Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mamá Tambien) and his lusty amigo Alberto Granado (Argentinean star Rodrigo de la Serna) almost playing Latino Tom and Huck, setting off from Buenos Aires through Argentina, Chile, and Peru, until the motorcycle ceases to be their focal point and the road transforms them. Their friendship flourishes, along with their vastly expanded perceptions of their whole continent and its people. Smartly adapted from the memoirs of both Guevara and Granado by Jose Rivera, this warm, welcoming film provides much material to understand the life that formed the icon.
Director: Walter Salles
Writer: Jose Rivera
Producer: Michael Nozik, Edgard Tenenbaum and Karen Tenkhoff
Cast: Gael GarcÃa Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mia Maestro, Mercedes Moran, Jean Pierre Noher, Gustavo Bueno and Jorge Chiarella