The Motorcycle Diaries

Synopsis: In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (they often stretching the truth to gain the favor of a variety of strangers to help them), arguments between the two in their frequent isolation solely with each other, their raging libidos which sometimes get t
Director(s): Walter Salles
Production: Focus Features
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 35 wins & 47 nominations.
 
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Year:
2004
126 min
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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 DREAMS|Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, 1952

The Plan:
To travel 8 thousand kilometers in four months

The method:
Improvisation

Objective:
Explore the Latin American continent|that we only know by books

motorcycle diaries

Good Night Granado

Equipment:
"La Poderosa" (The Powerful)

A '39 Norton 500 that's battered and leaks

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

"El Fuser", 23 years old

- Ernesto is going away?|- No, Ernesto stays

Ernesto, could you takes us with you, please

Look dad, I'm sorry, but no matter how|many times you tell me...

Please Ernesto, you are only 3 assignments|away from your MD title

And that can wait

MD student

Leprosy specialist

Amateur Rugby player

Hey Fuser...nice Fuser!

And occasionally, asthmatic

Departure date... January 4th

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

We settle at the Peninsula of Guajira, the point of this great continent

Mouths full of wine, nice music

That beer is good, ah?

- Fuser, on January 4th, you should be done with all your exams, right?|- Yes

- If you want, i can make a detour to Miramar to visit your little girlfriend|- "little girlfriend"

A couple of days

- Look Fuser, look at that guy over there|- What?

Do you want your life to be like that?

You don't want your life to be like that, Fuser

What you want is to f*ck in every country in South America

Hey boy...and in every town if we are lucky enough|That's and extra ingredient, right

What we had in common: our restlessness, our dreaming spirit

and the untiring love for the route

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA|January 4th, 1952|Km 0

Let's go Ernestito, we don't have the whole day

- Isn't it too much Granado?|- Not enough chief. Norton 500, "this" is a motorcycle

Your son is in good wheels, don't worry

You should expect some difficult times son

But the truth is that i always dreamed of doing something like this

And i have to confess that if i had a couple less years on me...|I would jump right along with you on that motorcycle

Try to think that i do it for the both of us

- 10 years planning this trip, uncle|- Since you were a kid

Meanwhile...I trust you eh?

And the revolution uncle, for when?

Here? In a century

- Are you already leaving?|- Yes, Im off

You should only worry about taking your medicines, nothing more, ok?

And writing me...

The most beautiful letters you have ever read mom

- Bye, my love|- You'll see. Bye. I love you

Bye

Bye little sister, take care

Bye man

Send me postcards

Ok, stop it or Ill start crying. Please

Take care, ok?

Just like Don Quixote had Rocinante and Saint Martin had his mule

We have "La Poderosa"

- Yeah, that pisses oil|- Yes, pisses oil, but what Im trying to say is that|in this precise moment

The young Fuser and myself are embarking in a trip|to the most remote places of the human spirit

where we will meet new lands, listen to new anthems, eat new fruits...

Granado...Im making you responsible. If something happens to Ernesto Ill find you.|Put on the handkerchief darling

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