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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Producer Scott Steindorff spent over 3 years courting Gabriel García Márquez for the rights to the book telling him that he was Florentino and wouldn't give up until he got the rights. See more »


When the Widow Nazaret takes refuge in the Ariza home and has a drink with Florentino's mother, the mother reaches over as if to replace the cork in the decanter but doesn't do so; in the following reverse shot, the cork is in the decanter, but upon cutting back to the original angle it is again out. See more »


Florentino Ariza: [closing scene, in bed together, but clothed] I love you, my crowned goddess. We're going to stay like this.
Fermina Urbino: You can't mean it.
Florentino Ariza: From the moment I was born, I have never said anything I did not mean.
Fermina Urbino: [exhales, almost trembling] And how long do you... you think we can... stay like this?
Fermina Urbino: Forever.
Fermina Urbino: Forever?
Florentino Ariza: [cut to view of the sun-lit boat anchored in the midst of the river] After 53 years, seven months and 11 days and night, my heart was at last fulfilled. And I discovered, to my joy, that it is life ...
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Best film of the year, Oscar worthy
30 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught a screening of this film in San Diego and I was blown away. I have never been so filled with emotion during a film, ever. I cried, laughed and my heart ached at times. I hope this movie wins the Oscar! The book is my favorite book of all time and I was so scared to see the film as I thought I would be disappointed, but I was not at all. I thought the book and the movie were so much a like and the movie didn't lose anything that the book had. Marquez is one of the best writers in the world, and Ronald Harwood took his words and turned them into magic. Everyone who has read the book or anyone who has ever been in love should see this movie the day it comes out!

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