Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

Based on the best-selling novel by Gabriel García Márquez, and directed by Brit Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), this is an epic romance about poor Florentino (Bardem) who, rejected by the beautiful Fermina (Mezzogiorno) at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs in a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart. The film takes place between 1880 – 1930.

2008Rating: M, contains sex scenes & offensive language138 minsUSA
DramaRomance
Director:
Mike Newell ('Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', 'Four Weddings and a Funeral')
Writer:
Ronald Harwood
Cast:
Javier BardemGiovanna MezzogiornoBenjamin BrattGina Bernard ForbesLiev SchreiberMarcela Mar

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Love in the Time of Cholera / Reviews

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

It really does defy belief how someone could take a gorgeous love story and turn it into a farce of a film. The result here is laughable, but I do not imagine that this is what the director had in mind.

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Variety

Variety

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's much-adored "Love in the Time of Cholera" has been given a translation by helmer Mike Newell that's both too literal and too thorough. Despite a magnificent performance by Javier Bardem, the film not only falls short of the novel's magic, but fails to generate much of its own. Fans of the author, perhaps enlisted through the book's enshrinement in Oprah's Book Club, will be seduced. But serious filmgoers -- "Love's" target aud -- will be neither seduced nor amused, making for an arduous B.O. trek on the upscale specialized circuit.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Shot on location in vibrant Cartagena, the film's strong suit is aesthetic. Cinematographer Alfonso Beato, designer Wolf Kroeger and costume designer Marit Allen evoke aged exotic locales, rugged rural settings and dimly lit period interiors. A closing, aerial image has a breathtaking, spiritual beauty.

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Stuff

Stuff

A quirky, charming unconventional love story.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Small wonder that One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's best novel, has never been filmed. Watching "Love in the Time of Cholera," based on another of his great works, made me wonder if he is even translatable into cinema. Gabo's work may really live only there on the page, with his lighthearted badinage between the erotic and the absurd, the tragic and the magical. If you extract the story without the language, you are left with dust and bones but no beating heart.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Lovely, but lacks the poetry and magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' book.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Is love a disease, as Marquez possibly wanted us to believe? Maybe, but in the case of this adaptation, it’s more of a laughing sickness.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

A complex novel is remade as a superficial historic romance, with no feelings of love or loss evident anywhere. Bardem and Mezzogiorno do their best to generate heat but lack any spark. Fans of the book prepare to be disappointed.

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