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The Motorcycle Diaries – available through the Channel 4 catch-up

The Motorcycle Diaries [ 15 ]

120 minutes / 2005 / Argentina

director Walter Salles

Showing in Spanish with English subtitles

Based on the journals of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto ‘Ché’ Guevara, this coming-of-age road movie by Brazilian director Walter Salles follows the adventures of the young medical student Ché (Gael García Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granada (Rodrigo de la Serna) as they cross South America on motorbikes in the early 1950s, on their way to take up their medical residency at a leper colony in Peru. Along the way, the men discover much about life and about their own views on the world – and begin to realise just how different their individual destinies have become.

“Travelogue, biography, tender portrait of friendship – the film is strong in all these areas, but excels in fusing them into an affecting whole.” Empire magazine

Currently available through the Channel 4 catch-up service ( see : For the trailer, click here