Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: This isn't a tale of heroic feats. It's about two lives running parallel for a while, with common aspirations and similar dreams.
The film recounts the 1952 journey, initially by motorcycle, across South America by young Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. As the adventure centered around youthful hedonism unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. Venturing across mountains, deserts, and down rivers, the pair encounter and are forever changed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a once-great Incan civilization.
Directed by Brazillian director Walter Salles, this is a very good looking film, using the actual locations traveled to as a beautiful back drop to what is essentially a road trip movie, backed by an undercurrent that would lead to Guevara's eventual revolutionary ideas.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna make a very good team together, working as an entertaining pair to see cross through South America. The characters they meet along the way are good as well.
The soundtrack, as with the scenery, is very fitting in an elegant sort of way to back up what is going on in this film.
It works as a comedy-drama, depicting the lives of these younger men, backed by a road adventure setting to make it very watchable.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: Mother.
Mother Sister Alberto: Yes?
Alberto Granado: We want to eat.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: We deserve to eat like everyone else.
Mother Sister Alberto: Yes, but you didn't go to mass.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: No.
Mother Sister Alberto: Then, how do you expect to feed the body if you didn't feed the soul first?
Alberto Granado: Er, denying food is not very Christian-like.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: Yes, I doubt Jesus would act like this.
Mother Sister Alberto: In this house, we have a set of rules that have to be followed.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: [to Alberto now, as she turns away] I haven't read any rule book.
Alberto Granado: Neither did I. I think that if I find it I would eat it.