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Love in the Time of Cholera-Movie Review 04/15/2011

Posted by Films to consider in American, Based on a novel, Emotional Drama, Movies, Romance.

Love in the Time of Cholera (American) 2007

Based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Directed by Mike Newell
Starring Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt, and Giovanna Mezzogiorno

A love story that begins in 1879, when young telegraph operator Florentino Ariza (Bardem) first sees Fermina Daza (Mezzogiorno) and falls hopelessly in love with her. Fermina at first returns his love but eventually marries the more suitable Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Bratt).

Florentino, with the soul of a poet, pines for Fermina, whose marriage is unsatisfying, and saves his love only for her. While waiting for her to come to her senses, however, Florentino keeps himself busy. While he pursues physical pleasure with hundreds of women (yes, he keeps track), in his mind his love for Fermina remains pure. After her husband’s death, a mere 53 years after they first met, the couple meets again.

An enjoyable enough movie, with good performances by all. Given a choice, however, read the novel.

139 min. Rated R. Sexual content; language.



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