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Love in the Time of Cholera (2008)

Javier Bardem , Benjamin Bratt  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FLH14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love in the Time of Cholera" on IMDb

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Commentary by director Mike Newell
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It brings up the theme of aging!!! May 28, 2008
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.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good movie March 6, 2008
After reading all the negative reviews on this movie, I wasn't sure I wanted to see it. I loved the novel, and now am a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works. I was pleasantly suprised that the movie kept true to the novel, and very much pleased with the actors that brought the charaters in Marquez's book to life. The scenery is spectacular, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Its worth watching and judging for yourself, as Oscar Wilde once said..."One man's poetry is another man's posion".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love in the time of cholera - a colombian perspective February 14, 2009
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I strongly disagree with the opinions that this is less than a beautiful movie. This is by far my favorite Garcia-Marquez book and the rendition was beautifully done. The anguish of Javier Bardem is palpable and the other characters well done. Anyone who loves Colombia should enjoy this film so authentically filmed in the northern regions of Cartegena, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Magdalena. A Colombian love story in the beauty of Colombia - a treasure and I highly recommend it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in a 50 + year time span...yes! April 4, 2009
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WHY OH WHY do those who read a book complain about how a film does no justice to the literary version??? A painting, photo or movie will NEVER be able to capture the mingling of words and imagery in your own mind and it is supremely unfair to compare bananas and pomegranates! I did not read
the book version until AFTER I saw the film three times. Needless to say I was moved thanks to the solid performances especially Bardem!...they both succeeded for different reasons and folks ought to resist the tendency to compare versions as they have uniquely different qualities to offer their audiences. Also, very little tonothing has been written or analyzed about the magnificent portrayal of love and intimacy experienced as we humans age...bravo for this moving odyssey over a lifetime!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Young love, marriage and late love July 3, 2008
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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.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Scenery and Story! November 16, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
Having been to Cartegna (where a great deal of this movie is shot), I was impressed by the cinematography that capture the beauty of the old portions of the city and the Colombian countryside in general!

The story is a lifetime love story (of Garica Marquez's great-grandfather?) of Florentino, who works in the Cartegna Western-Union type shop. One day Florentino spies Fermina and is instantly smitten. He goes home to compose a love-letter to her which literally is as long as a book. Pretty soon Florentino and Fermina are exchanging letters back and forth. Each waits in anticipation of the other's next letter.

One day Florentino goes to serenade Fermina and asks her to marry him. She hesitates (showing the audience of some signs to come) before her female companion (I guess it was her maid) convinces her to reluctantly say yes. Fermina's father is furious. He did not raise his prize daughter to be married to only a "wire clerk." He confronts Florentino who refuses to back down. Thus Fermina's father takes her away from Cartegena and Fermina tells Florentino just before going that she never wants to see him again.

Florentino is devastated and his mother feeling sorry for him convinces his uncle to put Florentino to work on a river boat far away from Cartegna.

In the meantime, Fermina contracts an illness. When the young doctor comes to see her, he is instantly taken by her beauty and asks her father for her hand. Her father gladly says yes and Fermina reluctantly marries.

Meanwhile Florentino has returned to Cartegna thinking that once Fermina's husband dies, she will come back to him. He does some very indiscreet things in the meantime while he is waiting (which will prove to be a very long time).
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