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Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

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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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Digna Pardo
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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
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Urbino Urbino
Carlos Duplat ...
Mourner
Francisco Raul Linero ...
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Florentino - Teen
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How long would you wait for love?

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

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16 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El amor en los tiempos del cólera  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

For the days of shooting in Cartagena, Giovanna Mezzogiorno was given an entire beautiful old house to live in. One night, she heard some strange noises behind a closet and thought it was a ghost. When help arrived and investigated, they encountered with an owl's nest. Two owls were found and later named after the main characters of the movie, Florentino and Fermina. See more »

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In the beginning when Florentino Ariza is lying with America and the Church bell rings, she says 'Its Pentecost' and then she puts her hand over his body. The same scene is repeated towards the end of the film and is shown from a different camera angle, but here America first puts her hand over Florentino and then says 'Its Pentecost' (not before). See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 17 November 2007 (2007) See more »

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Le Fiacre
Written by Xanrof
Performed by Yvette Guilbert
(c) 1906, Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd, London WC2H 0QY
Master courtesy of Pavillion Records, Past CD 9773
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Loved the Book
14 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quick, before the general release on Friday change the silent movie line back to "My God, this is longer than sorrow". What did she mumble instead, was it "interminable"? Why was that wonderful line changed?

I so loved the book, I cannot get an unbiased grip on the movie. My mind elaborated it favorably but with simultaneous disappointment over deviations like the "sorrow" line. "Forever" worked better in the book as the boat was ordered to return upstream. I do wish it had closed with the "ripple" video that is on the internet.

The film touched too many threads while missing the book's soul, like trying to read Fermina's heart on her tongue. Maybe it isn't possible for a movie to do justice to any masterpiece but Florentino's long-standing relationships with the widows are as important as the "body count".

Young Fermina was too old, as was America. I would have cast a 15-year-old as the young Fermina and have had her reappear as America with died hair or similar artifice. I cannot forgive the script for ignoring the perversion and her suicide. I would have rather America had been entirely written out.

Bardem was the perfect Florentino. Fernanda Montenegro and Hector Elizondo gave terrific performances. Marcela Mar is such a heart-throb I nearly forgive her for being twice her age. Cartagena was underplayed. The Shakira soundtrack was ideal.

I'll reluctantly recommend the movie but won't shake peoples' shoulders as I do when I tell them that they must read the book.


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