Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two-Wheel Revolution

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two-Wheel Revolution

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The Motorcycle Diaries/ The Edukators

Cannes Sheila Johnston Norton

TWO years ago in Cannes, Walter Salles described his next film to me as "Easy Rider meets Das Kapital".

The result, The Motorcycle Diaries, has now arrived and it both fulfils and exceeds that early, tongue-incheek pitch. Its not-so-easy riders are two young Argentines, Alberto Granado and Ernesto Guevara, who in 1952 set out on Granado's battered Norton 500 to explore Latin America.

What starts out as a romantic escapade turns into something profoundly life-changing.

The two journey through Chile to Peru and, forced to hoof it after the prematurely expires, find poverty and injustice that prompt Ernesto's transformation from a withdrawn asthmatic into the revolutionary Che. Gael Garcia Bernal's Che is smart and charismatic if, at times, almost too self-righteous to be true; Rodrigo De La Serna makes the exuberant Alberto much more than a tubby, comic sidekick. It's a superbly crafted film with abundant humour and some breathtaking locations. …

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