Motorcycle Diaries, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Compelling but hagiographic drama set in 1952 South America chronicling the continent-crossing odyssey of Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), then a 23-year-old medical student, and his best friend (Rodrigo de la Serna), during which they witness the poverty of the indigenous people, awakening in Guevara a social conscience which would inform his later radical politics. Though the film is beautifully acted and crafted by director Walter Salles, some viewers may find it difficult to reconcile the road movie's idealistic -- almost saintly -- portrayal of Guevara with the fiery revolutionary of later years who advocated violence as a political tool. Subtitles. An implied sexual encounter, some crass humor and recurring rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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