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Love in the Time of Cholera [DVD]

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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt, Liev Schreiber
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2008
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00175VIJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romantic drama based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. When teenagers Florentino Ariza (Unax Ugalde) and Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) fall in love, their romance is cut short by a disapproving father who takes his family away. When Florentino (now played by Javier Bardem) finds out years later that Fermina has married a successful doctor, he is devastated and spends the next 50 years trying to build a successful life and reputation in the hope that one day he and Fermina can renew their relationship.

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There's no reason an Englishman shouldn't take on a landmark in Latin American literature. Four Weddings and a Funeral, after all, proves Mike Newell has a feel for romance. Adapted by The Pianist's Ronald Harwood, Love in the Time of Cholera is an epic vision of true love. For all the talent involved, however, this lush realisation of the Gabriel García Márquez novel never takes flight. Newell begins with a death before backtracking 50 year to the late-1800s, with Florentino (Unax Ugalde), a poetry-writing telegraph operator living in an unnamed city (the movie was filmed in Cartagena, Columbia) who spots the graceful Fermina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) while making his rounds, and that's it--he's in love. While Florentino's mother (Central Station's Fernanda Montenegro) encourages the courtship, Fermina's father (John Leguizamo in over-the-top mode) forbids it. Years pass, and the well-born Dr. Urbino (Benjamin Bratt) treats Fermina for a case of cholera. Then, Urbino proposes. Fermina accepts. A distraught Florentino (now played by Javier Bardem) decides to wait. With the help of his uncle (a sprightly Hector Elizondo), he amasses wealth of his own. All the while, he drifts from woman to woman. After five decades of waiting, he gets a second chance to win Fermina's heart, and it's easier said than done. Florentino's journey is absorbing, but Newell's film lacks the passion and complexity of Marquez's prose. The actors give it their all, but Love in the Time of Cholera is more of a pleasant diversion than a life-changing experience. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2009
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The story opens in a South American city in the 1800s, where young telegraph operator Florentino (Javier Bardem) sees the lovely Fermina and instantly falls in love. Her father forbids it, the two are parted, and the years pass. Fermina meets a sophisticated doctor (Benjamin Bratt) who is more to her father's liking, while Florentino pines away for his lost love, finding solace in the arms of other women.

I haven't read the novel, so I was able to thoroughly enjoy the movie on its own. It is beautifully photographed in Colombia with a multi-national cast. Bardem plays the innocent, lovestruck Florentino so convincingly I could hardly believe he was the sadistic killer in No Country For Old Men. The movie spans 50 years, and he ages well, tugging at our heartstrings the whole time. The same cannot be said of co-star Giovanna Mezzogiorno, however; she plays the teenage Fermina well, but still looks fairly young at the end of the movie and lacks energy and intensity.

The long-distance love story plays out as the city ages, going through cholera epidemics, civil wars, the coming of the automobile, and evolving wardrobe styles. This is quite a lavishly movie with a simple romantic theme; can unrequited love really last 50 years? Highly recommended.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2009
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Having just read the book and being impressed by it's beauty and rich detail, it has to be said that the film of `Love in the Time of Cholera' left me feeling very disappointed. It is a very flat portrayal of the story and although it is relatively faithful to the book (with a few omissions), you would be hard pressed to follow certain events and recognise their relevance, unless you had some previous awareness of the plot. Javier Bardem is the best of a bad set of actors and unusually even he is pretty wooden in this film. The locations are stunning to look at and whilst my friend raves about the soundtrack, I found it to be nothing special or note worthy. This film drags when you are watching it and I took a break half way through to do something else, I'm just glad I didn't watch it at the cinema for this reason. It is hard to pinpoint just what it is about this film that disappoints so much; maybe it is because I have just read the book, or it is because of the various reasons I have noted above, but whatever it is I would have to say that I wouldn't rush to watch this again and wouldn't recommend it in a hurry. It is a shame it didn't live up to it's promise.

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Loved the book, but disappointed in film. Although a great actor, Havier Bardem was miscast. To be fair, I don't think anyone could do justice to the book. Perhaps Anthony Mingela if he was still with us? He did a tremendous job on The English Patient, a book that I thought unfilmable.
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I bought this DVD to supplement the book I'll have to read for my course. I planned to watch it after reading the book, but I couldn't wait, I just love Javier Bardem :). No idea how close it is to the book, though. The reason I give this 4 stars because I don't like so many "intimate" scenes in movies, although I know that really IS the point of the story :). Other than that, great performances by the whole cast :).
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This film has no well known Hollywood actors in it the two main ones are Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt it basically is about a young couple who meet fall in love but have to part she later Mary's a much older man
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Sometimes movies disappoint you after you read the book, e.g. The Da Vinci Code. Not this movie, it was perfect for me. I read almost everything written by Garcia Marquez and I truly recognized the characters from the book in this movie.
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This title has been on my reading list for some time so it was good that it came out on film. A story covering many years from youth to old age. Quite an eye-opener regarding sex and the older person..... Vomiting scenes involved - but then that's part of Cholera.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2014
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Love in the Time of Cholera is the movie based on the novel of the same title by Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The movie follows the basic plot of the novel fairly closely. The scenery is sumptuous, the costumes similarly rich and the major characters are well portrayed. Very enjoyable.
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