its almost characteristic for latin american stories, though my exposure to the culture is very limited, to evolve from a beginning with no apparent direction until it ends where you are delighted with a universal understanding (and acceptance) of the big picture. this is true for the motorcycle diaries.
filipinoes might be the perfect audience for this film, outside of south america. because the social and political situation parellels our own. to sight a few: regionalism. north vs south. religion and church. a tense political situation. landless in our own land. poverty. social ills. nostaligia over the past. hope. a vision and true heroes who find themselves trapped (transformed) in a life dedicated for a cause, because they sincerely and passionately desire change. this film, based on a true story, is about such a hero. his journey from being an ordinary juan to one of the more influential personalities in south america. my favorite character is the mother superior who has something up her ass. when she stuck to her "rules" rather than feed our hungry heroes, because rules are rules.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars **** (inspite of numerous awards, i think you have to be in the mood to appreciate this film).