Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 November 2007 (USA)
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Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Bernard Forbes ...
Digna Pardo
America Vicuña
Juan Ángel ...
Marco Aurelio - 40's
Liliana Gonzalez ...
Marco Aurelio's Wife (as Liliana Alvarez Gonzalez)
Catalina Botero ...
Ofelia Urbino - 40's
Miguel Angel Pazos Galindo ...
Ofelia's Husband
Maria Cecilia Herrera ...
Urbino's Sweet Wife
Luis Fernando Hoyos ...
Urbino Urbino
Carlos Duplat ...
Francisco Raul Linero ...
Florentino - Teen


In Colombia just after the Great War, an old man falls from a ladder; dying, he professes great love for his wife. After the funeral, a man calls on the widow - she dismisses him angrily. Flash back more than 50 years to the day Florentino Ariza, a telegraph boy, falls in love with Fermina Daza, the daughter of a mule trader. Ariza is persistent, writing her constantly, serenading, speaking poetically of love. Her father tries to keep them apart, and then, one day, she sees this love as an illusion. She's soon married to Urbino, a cultured physician, and for years, Ariza carries a torch, finding solace in the arms of women, loving none. After Urbino's fall, are Ariza's hopes delusional? Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El amor en los tiempos del cólera  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,924,860 (USA) (16 November 2007)


$4,584,886 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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The melody in the song "Hay Amores" (Bolero) sung by Shakira in this film is based on an anonymous traditional popular song called "La Panaderita" (The little baker woman) from the small town of Torrecilla en Cameros, La Rioja, Spain. Whether intentionally or by pure coincidence is not clear. The lyrics in Shakira's song are totally different, of course. See more »


A man utters a New Year's speech in which he emphasizes the year 1900 being the beginning of the 20th century. In fact centuries are counted from the year 1 to the full hundred, which makes 1900 the last year of the 19th century. Analogical error was very common in the media in the year 2000. See more »


Dr. Juvenal Urbino: I love you above all else. More than anyone else in the world. The important thing in marriage is not happiness but stability.
Fermina Urbino: And love. Nothing is more difficult than love.
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Written by Rafael Martinez Escalona
Performed by Bovea y sus Vallenatos
Published by Edimusica Ltd. adm by Sunflower Music Inc.
Master courtesy of Sunflower Entertainment Co., inc. o/b/o Discos Fuenters Edimusica SA
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Gabriel García Márquez' novel 'El amor en los tiempos del cólera' without the Magical Realism
20 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For devotees of Gabriel García Márquez this unprofessional adaptation of his sweepingly romantic novel 'El amor en los tiempos del cólera' will sadly disappoint. Ronald Harwood's screenplay is a patchwork quilt that attempts to tell the story of longing for love in the manner of a novella/travelogue and despite the presence of some very fine actors in the key roles, director Mike Newell forgets to grasp the atmosphere that makes the original novel ethereal.

Young Florentino Ariza (Unax Ugalde) is a poor dreamer working as a telegraph operator and sees and falls in love with young Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), daughter of a wealthy mule trader Lorenzo Daza (John Leguizamo) who upon hearing of the infatuation whisks Fermina away as Florentino pledges undying love and fidelity to Fermina. Florentino's mother Tránsito (Fernanda Montenegro), his uncle Leo (Hector Elizondo), and his friend Lotario Thugut (Liev Schreiber) comfort him and try to encourage his mating with another woman, but as Florentino matures (now Javier Bardem) even the long list of sexual encounters cannot turn his mind away from Fermina. Fermina marries Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), travels widely, has his child and ultimately discovers her husband's infidelity. Florentino inherits his Uncle's shipping wealth, becoming one of the wealthy class that would have made him an eligible suitor for Fermina when he originally met her. But time changes everything except Florentino's commitment to Fermina and after the death of Dr. Urbino, he has the chance to realize his long awaited dream of being with the now 70+ year old lover.

The story spans fifty years in an unnamed city in Columbia (here Cartagena) and across the beauty of both South America and Europe. All of the basic elements are in place: the important missing piece is the magic of Gabriel García Márquez's prose. The huge cast is wasted on a script that is less than pedestrian: Javier Bardem tries to make Florentino a credible sympathetic character but is stuck in the mud of his lines; the brilliant Fernanda Montenegro attempts to paste together the pared down role of Florentino's mother; an unremarkable Giovanna Mezzogiorno fails to make Fermina worthy of Florentino's devotion; John Leguizamo is grossly and embarrassingly miscast; fine actors such as Unax Ugalde, Liev Schrieber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ana Claudia Talancón, Hector Elizondo and others are little more than cardboard caricatures of the original creations.

One wonders how Newell and Harwood could have strayed so far from the mark of the potential that this beautiful novel promised as a cinematic transition. But what resulted from their collaboration is an overlong, boring, and sloppy version of the original story. Sad to see fine actors wasted in this film. Grady Harp

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