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      Love in the Time of Cholera

      2007, Romance/Drama, 2h 18m

      111 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Though beautifully filmed, the makers of Love in the Time of Cholera fail to transfer the novel's magic to the screen. Read critic reviews

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      When Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) sees Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) through a villa window, it is love at first sight. Though a man of modest means, Florentino's skill as a poet awakens a similar passion within Fermina. But Fermina's father disapproves of the affair and vows to keep the lovers apart. Fermina eventually marries an aristocratic doctor (Benjamin Bratt), and they move to Paris. Florentino, however, still loves Fermina and patiently waits for a chance to be with her again.

      • Rating: R (Sexual Content/Nudity|Brief Language)

      • Genre: Romance, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Mike Newell

      • Producer: Scott Steindorff

      • Writer: Ronald Harwood

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $4.6M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: Stone Village Productions, New Line Cinema

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Javier Bardem
      Benjamin Bratt
      John Leguizamo
      Catalina Sandino Moreno
      Liev Schreiber
      Laura Harring
      Fernanda Montenegro
      Affonso Beato
      Wolf Kroeger
      Mick Audsley
      Marit Allen
      Antonio Pinto
      Danny Greenspun
      Robin Greenspun
      Andrew Molaski
      Chris Law
      Michael Nozik
      Dylan Russell
      Scott LaStaiti

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      • Jan 26, 2013

        It was a bit too long and boring at times. Though it had an interesting love story, it failed to deliver properly. I did like the simplistic storylines, kinda tragic but dealt with a great amount of lessons in life.

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      • Apr 20, 2011

        There is two side of coins here, the waiting for love are very Good and may call it legend. But the way Ariza wait is stunning. But i wont use it as guide... How you remember the names and how you do it, and placed it in a diary? :))

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      • Apr 17, 2011

        A man obsesses/loves a woman over the course of fifty-three years. In this adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's lush novel, I could easily tell the sections of dialogue/narration that were taken from his book. In these sections, the language was so rich that I couldn't help but be sucked into the world Marquez created. And in this world the obsession that wracks Florentino makes sense; it almost seems reasonable to equate obsession with love. However, the film's principal flaw is its unevenness - the disconnect between the banality of the situations, cinematography, and acting and the elevation of the main conflict. By the end of the film, it was almost as though I was reading a great book that was getting interrupted by a bad imitation of the book. Also, I wondered throughout most of the film how we're meant to feel about Florentino. Is he elevated as a hero, or should we pity him? The story's conclusion and the fact that he is rewarded with sex with over 600 women while he waits for the object of his obsession makes me lean toward the former option, but what does this say about love? Is love really obsession? Should we really consider such impracticality admirable? In real life, wouldn't Florentino's behavior be tantamount to stalking? The only moment when Florentino is put up for ridicule and question involves him writing a bill of lading as a love poem, and this scene is welcome in the film's larger context. Yet it also contributes to the unevenness of the film because the ridicule is almost immediately abandoned. Overall, I really wanted to like <i>Love in the Time of Cholera</i>, but the film lacks the singular purpose and consistency of it hero.

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      • Dec 17, 2009

        Love is a very weird thing.

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