Gael Garcia Bernal
Rodrigo De la Serna
Put aside what you know (or think you know) about Che Guevara and his impact on Latin American politics. Forget, for just a few hours, that your own political beliefs may contradict what Che was all about. This is not a movie that really cares whether or not you admire the man that Guevara ultimately became; this is a movie about how one restless young man, with the help of a wise and devoted friend, discovered his life's true calling while puttering through the Latin landscape on a decrepit old motorbike.
But if all this stuff sounds dry and kinda history-class-ish, then I'm not describing the film adequately. THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES is sweet and sincere; it's heartfelt and periodically quite funny; it works as a crafty character study, as an entertaining "road movie," and as a historical document - only it's not at all dry or textbooky. The two leads are pitch-perfect, Salles brings a masterful touch to the visual side of the equation, and, as a whole, the movie is just supremely satisfying. Even if the subject matter seems like something that's just not "up your alley," trust me on this one: THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES is a seriously great movie.
A Moment with Alberto Granado: A brief-yet-kinda-poignant visit with the real-life Alberto Granado as he remembers his old friend Ernesto.
Making of The Motorcycle Diaries: A 22-minute featurette that offers behind-the-scenes info and a historical reference point for the film. Though this is essentially an "intro to the movie" sort of EPK, it's extremely well-produced and full of fascinating tidbits nonetheless.
A Moment with Gael Garcia Bernal: A very brief interview segment from the Telemundo network.
"Take One" with Gael Garcia Bernal: Another snippet of television interview with the celebrated young actor.
Music of the Road: An Interview with Composer Gustavo Santaolalla: A third mini-interview with the film's composer.
Cast and Filmmakers: Text info on the various cast and crew members behind The Motorcycle Diaries.