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
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 »
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 »
[Surprising her in her house]
Fermina I have waited for this opportunity for 51 years, nine months and four days. That is... how long I have loved you from the first moment I cast eyes on you un... until now.
Florentino Ariza... get out of here! Get out!
[cut to Ariza reading a letter from Fermina while we hear her words:]
Florentino Ariza, you are a dreadful, insensitive human being. How dare you enter my house on the day my beloved husband died and utter such monstrous, ridiculous sentiments? ...
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"Love in the time of cholera" is a true classic of Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. Movie "Love in the time of cholera" of director Mike Newell is not and will never be a film classic. Newell wanted to stay true to the book but he does not realize that he had to make a movie interesting to those who never read the book and to those who already read the book. I never read this book and I found this film boring and long and truly bad acted from some actors. To those who read the book maybe they can say some positive things about this movie.
Casting director of this movie made few big mistakes. Benjamin Bratt is always the same, Giovanna Mezzogiorno acted terrible and Javier Bardem tried but couldn't carry this movie on his back. Second thing that bothered me is that the whole movie was made in English. I would prefer Spanish instead and not English with bad accent (at the same time we can hear servants speaking Spanish but not our main characters!!).
There are some beautiful scenes of countryside and the songs of Shakira aren't bad but this movie lacks of magic. Magic that probably book has, so this became movie that you can easily miss and not regret after.
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