Love in the Time of Cholera


Love in the Time of Cholera

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Though beautifully filmed, the makers of Love in the Time of Cholera fail to transfer the novel's magic to the screen.



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A young man's passion for a seemingly unattainable woman lasts over five decades as he tries to woo her from a loveless marriage.


Javier Bardem
as Florentino Ariza
Benjamin Bratt
as Dr. Juvenal Urbino
Catalina Sandino Moreno
as Hildebranda Sanchez
John Leguizamo
as Lorenzo Daza
Fernanda Montenegro
as Transito Ariza
Liev Schreiber
as Lotario Thurgut
Laura Harring
as Sara Noriega
Angie Cepeda
as Widow Nazaret
Ana Claudia Talancón
as Olimpia Zuleta
Alicia Borrachero
as Escolastica
Unax Ugalde
as Young Florentino
Andrés Parra
as Captain Samaritano
Alejandra Borrero
as Doña Blanca
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  • Jan 26, 2013
    It was a bit too long and boring at times. Though it had an interesting love story, it failed to deliver properly. I did like the simplistic storylines, kinda tragic but dealt with a great amount of lessons in life.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2011
    There is two side of coins here, the waiting for love are very Good and may call it legend. But the way Ariza wait is stunning. But i wont use it as guide... How you remember the names and how you do it, and placed it in a diary? :))
    Dedy N C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2011
    A man obsesses/loves a woman over the course of fifty-three years. In this adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's lush novel, I could easily tell the sections of dialogue/narration that were taken from his book. In these sections, the language was so rich that I couldn't help but be sucked into the world Marquez created. And in this world the obsession that wracks Florentino makes sense; it almost seems reasonable to equate obsession with love. However, the film's principal flaw is its unevenness - the disconnect between the banality of the situations, cinematography, and acting and the elevation of the main conflict. By the end of the film, it was almost as though I was reading a great book that was getting interrupted by a bad imitation of the book. Also, I wondered throughout most of the film how we're meant to feel about Florentino. Is he elevated as a hero, or should we pity him? The story's conclusion and the fact that he is rewarded with sex with over 600 women while he waits for the object of his obsession makes me lean toward the former option, but what does this say about love? Is love really obsession? Should we really consider such impracticality admirable? In real life, wouldn't Florentino's behavior be tantamount to stalking? The only moment when Florentino is put up for ridicule and question involves him writing a bill of lading as a love poem, and this scene is welcome in the film's larger context. Yet it also contributes to the unevenness of the film because the ridicule is almost immediately abandoned. Overall, I really wanted to like <i>Love in the Time of Cholera</i>, but the film lacks the singular purpose and consistency of it hero.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2009
    Love is a very weird thing.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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