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Living In: The Motorcycle Diaries

by Maxwell Tielman

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There are numerous reasons why one might want to travel—to taste new foods, to explore natural wonders, to escape from the law—but long-term travel often comes with one universal outcome: self discovery. Divorced from one’s comfort zone and thrust into uncharted territories, the traveler is often forced to expand his knowledge and definition of self. This is exactly what happens in The Motorcycle Diaries, Walter Salles’ 2004 dramatization of the young Che Guevara’s formative journey around South America. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal as the bright-eyed young Che and Rodrigo De la Serna as his trusty sidekick, the film is a beautiful depiction of both South America’s geographic treasures and a young man’s path to self discovery. Although the film is essentially a depiction of the impetus for Che Guevara’s later life as a revolutionary, it also functions as a broad call to travel: the beautiful scenery, heartwarming detours, and celebration of friendship provides an inspiring message, sure to fill any viewer with wanderlust. —Max

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Film: The Motorcycle Diaries

Year:  2004

Director: Walter Salles

Starring: Gael Garía Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna

Production Design: Carlos Conti

Art Direction: Graciela Oderigo, Laurent Ott, María Eugenia Sueiro

Set Decoration: Carlos Conti

Costume Design: Beatriz De Benedetto, Marisa Urruti

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