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3.7
1,248 Ratings

Che

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
United States, Spain, 2008
Biography, Drama, History

Synopsis

Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, Che paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (with a stunning performance by Benicio del Toro), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to the end of his short life.

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Che Directed by Steven Soderbergh
[In Che: Part Two,] the Cuba map from the overture of Part One clicks: these maps represent not just a geography, but a plan of attack. Now we know what we’re in for in Bolivia – and perhaps, elsewhere. The battle for Bolivia is thus a bigger wager than that of an exported national revolution – it is a test of the historical inevitability of communism in Latin America.
November 29, 2010
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It is only by watching the two films together that one fully comprehends the pity and the terror that are the mark of that most rare of film narratives—a genuine tragedy—and recognizes its fatally flawed hero as a martyr in the doomed twentieth-century struggle against global capitalism.
January 19, 2010
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Too emotionally dry to embrace but too ingenious to dismiss, Che is a fascinating, problematic film. You have to admire the stones of any movie that opens with a wordless lecture on Cuban geography but refuses to give any specifics about Castro’s revolution, yet there’s also the temptation to overpraise Soderbergh’s structuralist approach more for what it eschews (speeches, romance, identification) than for what it offers.
January 15, 2010
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