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|Love in the Time of Cholera|
Actors: Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt
Based on the bestselling novel by Nobel Prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comes an epic love story that spans a lifetime, set against the breathtaking backdrop of South America during the turn of the century. W... more »
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Mary G. from MIDLAND, TX
Reviewed on 5/9/2013...
I enjoyed this movie. It begged to be in Spanish however.
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Gabriel García Márquez' novel 'El amor en los tiempos del có
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/20/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"For devotees of Gabriel García Márquez this unprofessional adaptation of his sweepingly romantic novel 'El amor en los tiempos del cólera' will sadly disappoint. Ronald Harwood's screenplay is a patchwork quilt that attempts to tell the story of longing for love in the manner of a novella/travelogue and despite the presence of some very fine actors in the key roles, director Mike Newell forgets to grasp the atmosphere that makes the original novel ethereal.
Young Florentino Ariza (Unax Ugalde) is a poor dreamer working as a telegraph operator and sees and falls in love with young Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), daughter of a wealthy mule trader Lorenzo Daza (John Leguizamo) who upon hearing of the infatuation whisks Fermina away as Florentino pledges undying love and fidelity to Fermina. Florentino's mother Tránsito (Fernanda Montenegro), his uncle Leo (Hector Elizondo), and his friend Lotario Thugut (Liev Schreiber) comfort him and try to encourage his mating with another woman, but as Florentino matures (now Javier Bardem) even the long list of sexual encounters cannot turn his mind away from Fermina. Fermina marries Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), travels widely, has his child and ultimately discovers her husband's infidelity. Florentino inherits his Uncle's shipping wealth, becoming one of the wealthy class that would have made him an eligible suitor for Fermina when he originally met her. But time changes everything except Florentino's commitment to Fermina and after the death of Dr. Urbino, he has the chance to realize his long awaited dream of being with the now 70+ year old lover.
The story spans fifty years in an unnamed city in Colombia (here Cartagena) and across the beauty of both South America and Europe. All of the basic elements are in place: the important missing piece is the magic of Gabriel García Márquez's prose. The huge cast is wasted on a script that is less than pedestrian: Javier Bardem tries to make Florentino a credible sympathetic character but is stuck in the mud of his lines; the brilliant Fernanda Montenegro attempts to paste together the pared down role of Florentino's mother; an unremarkable Giovanna Mezzogiorno fails to make Fermina worthy of Florentino's devotion; John Leguizamo is grossly and embarrassingly miscast; fine actors such as Unax Ugalde, Liev Schrieber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ana Claudia Talancón, Hector Elizondo and others are little more than cardboard caricatures of the original creations.
One wonders how Newell and Harwood could have strayed so far from the mark of the potential that this beautiful novel promised as a cinematic transition. But what resulted from their collaboration is an overlong, boring, and sloppy version of the original story. Sad to see fine actors wasted in this film. Grady Harp, March 08"
It brings up the theme of aging!!!
Aglae de Mizrahi | Weston, Fl | 05/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Love in the Time of Cholera
Just about everyone appears to agree that the motion picture is a dreadful representation of the novel by the Nobel Price Winner, Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera. It is obvious that this movie does not come close to the masterpiece on which it is based; however, it does bring to the audience some of the aspects of the theme of aging that are depicted in the novel. It brings up, for instance, the infirmity of loss of memory suffered by Tránsito Ariza, Florentino's mother, and the perspectives of other characters regarding the acceptance of love in mature ages. For instance, América Vicuña, Florentino's youngest lover, is extremely surprised when old Florentino conveys to her that he is going to marry, and Ofelia, Fermina's daughter, actually believes that love was disgusting or "revolting" at mature ages. Nevertheless, the motion picture does an outstanding job at depicting the fact that the love of the elderly is entirely acceptable, understandable, and sublime. Florentino and Fermina indeed get pleasure from their mature love in spite of their outer appearances and relative physical fragility. The movie conveys that the elderly are still young at hearth and that is all what is essential.
Young love, marriage and late love
Reader | Boca Raton, FL | 07/03/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I read Gabriel Garcia Marques' book "Love in the Tine of Cholera" many years ago, while on vacation in Hawaii. I figured I really wanted to be in exotic location to read such exotic novel about the love at the time of peril. What struck me the most was that in the first chapter, writer gives the most beautiful explanation about what the marriage is all about and novel take off from there. It is altimately unfair to compare beauty of Garcia Marques' words to any visual representation of his work. Such task is simply impossible. I never expected movie to match the novel, but I hoped that it would come close. It did not. I will not retell the story, since many of the reviewers already did it, but what bothered me the most is that some actors (like the role of Fermina Daza's father played by John Linguizamo) are hard to pinpoint as either a miscast or overdone acting on the actor's behalf. At times, Linguizamo looks more like a pimp than a father. The film looses the essence of the story that sometimes we spend our entire life waiting for the things we want most or wondering with regret and guilt if we made the right choices. I also found it that film almost misses that the point that after decades of submission and spousal duty, main female character Fermina, finally finds her own strength in her 70s to make her own choices and stand up for herself in front of her own adult children. "Love at the time of Cholera" is really a story of transformation, longing and conflict between romance and real life we all experience. It also poses the idea that the only true, young love is the only enduring love that can sustain itself forever - for as long as it is true in the hearts of the both individuals involved in the affair. To understand all that, you must read the book because you will not experience it with this movie."