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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>

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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 »

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Country:

USA | Mexico | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love in the Time of Cholera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,915,000, 18 November 2007

Gross USA:

$4,607,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,575,877
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

The wedding of Dr. Juvenal Urbino and Fermina is a Modern Catholic Mass. Actually, during the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century a Traditional Latin Mass would had been conducted instead. See more »

Quotes

Florentino Ariza: Please allow me to wipe the slate clean. Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.
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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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Loved the Book
14 November 2007 | by travelintomSee 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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