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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.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Gabriel García Márquez (novel)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Bratt ... Dr. Juvenal Urbino
Gina Bernard Forbes Gina Bernard Forbes ... Digna Pardo
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Fermina Urbino
Javier Bardem ... Florentino Ariza
Marcela Mar ... America Vicuña
Juan Ángel ... Marco Aurelio - 40's
Liliana Gonzalez Liliana Gonzalez ... Marco Aurelio's Wife (as Liliana Alvarez Gonzalez)
Catalina Botero Catalina Botero ... Ofelia Urbino - 40's
Miguel Angel Pazos Galindo Miguel Angel Pazos Galindo ... Ofelia's Husband
Maria Cecilia Herrera Maria Cecilia Herrera ... Urbino's Sweet Wife
Luis Fernando Hoyos Luis Fernando Hoyos ... Urbino Urbino
Carlos Duplat Carlos Duplat ... Mourner
Francisco Raul Linero Francisco Raul Linero ... Mourner
Unax Ugalde ... Florentino - Teen
Liev Schreiber ... Lotario Thugut
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

How long would you wait for love?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor en los tiempos del cólera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,924,860, 18 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,607,608, 20 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,336,389, 5 April 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was initially set to be filmed in Brazil because of security concerns in Colombia. In fact, director Mike Newell had already received all necessary inoculations for a stay in Brazil. Then, the Vice President of Colombia telephoned the producers, to insist that they make such a thoroughly Colombian story nowhere but Colombia. After two hours in Cartagena, and with many promises that the film company would be kept safe, the producer and director agreed to shoot there. See more »

Goofs

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: I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits.
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Connections

Referenced in In Plain Sight: Love in the Time of Colorado (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bambuco Colombiano
Written by Jacinto Guerrero (as Jacinto Guerrero Torres), Inocencio Guerrero Torres,
Joaquin Vela Galino & Enrique Martinez Sierra (SGAE Members)
Performed & Recorded by Conchita Leonardo
Orchestra Conductor Maestro Jacinto Guerrero
Taken from the album La Revista Musical Española Vol. 5 by courtesy of Sonifolk
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Amazing book. Wonderful story. Great film.
17 November 2007 | by magspunkySee all my reviews

Love in the Time of Cholera is one of my top five favorite books of all time. I was so excited when I heard it was being made into a movie. I'm one of those who approve of books being made into films, as long as they reasonably stick to the novel, because they bring a new perspective and life to the story.

However, I had read nothing but horrible things about this film before I went to see it. Now that I have, all I can say to all those who had only negative things to say is: HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK? "Love in the Time of Cholera" retains the same authenticity and tone on the screen as it did on the page. Yes, the characters are strange people, but that is what makes them memorable; we see parts of ourselves in them and parts of their culture that molded them into who they were. Bardem's Florentino is being called a "creepy" "stalker", but his actions in the novel are no different then those on the screen and reflect the passion and desperation of the world he lives in. Fermina is being called "cold" and "unlikable", but in the novel that's what she is; a haughty, proud woman who keeps her heart buried.

I know the number of bad reviews out there will undoubtedly outnumber the good ones. I don't care. I urge you to go see this film. The novel it follows is a classic and is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Its characters are not perfect, they are human. The scenery, costumes, and overall atmosphere of the film are authentic and moving. But at the heart of the images, there is a love story that is timeless, character traits that hit close to home, and a happy ending that it seems few of us find.

This is why we watch movies. It's not the entertainment, the celebrities, or the technological feats. It is the stories that make us think, that cause us to question the world we live in. We all didn't watch "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the comedy or memorable performances (though they were). We watched it for the time it portrayed, the people it involved, and the message that made us ponder what our world was, is, and is going to be.

"Love in the Time of Cholera" is a movie about us. The faults, successes, failures, and dreams we all have. It is worth anyone's time to see it at least once.


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