Indochine Vs. The Motorcycle Diaries

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The journeys that take place in the films Indochine (1992) and The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) direct their characters on a path exploration and discovery of their lands and themselves. Through these expeditions they unearth and reveal to the audience their experiences of self-transformation and change. Both films are instigated by the progression of the protagonists’ fundamental relationship with the territory that they traverse. However, regardless of the distinctive narrative significance in both Indochine and The Motorcycle Diaries, the characters remain within a controlled and bounded space in their influence, meaningful only in relation to that of the travelers, with their movement curtailed and with limited opportunity to instigate movement out of the frame.…show more content…
Adapted from the writings of their biographies, Che’s ‘The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America ’, for which the film was titled after, and Alberto’s, ‘Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary’ . The film recounts their quest through Latin America together on a motorcycle, and the awakening of Che’s political consciousness. While the figures of the Ernesto and Alberto are vital in authenticating the travelling experience, those of the locals are seemingly expendable and are meaningful only in relation to a movement that eludes them; their independence and activity is sacrificed in order to enhance the symbolic and emotive impact of the travelled

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