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Spanning a half-century in the complex, magical and sensual city of Cartageña, Colombia, Florentino waits for his one true love Fermina. They are kept apart when Fermina's father discovers a series of passionate letters from Florentino and wants more for his daughter than life with a poet and telegraph clerk.
Drama Romantic - This is a long, slow romantic drama based on the best-selling book.
There is a lot of nudity and sexual content. Fans of more mainstream
co-stars John Leguizamo and Benjamin Bratt may be disappointed by
their limited screen time.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average Love in the Time of Cholera is not an obscure work, and its many fans will be disappointed by what has happened to it on its way from the written page to the big screen.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average I know that's what all movies do with all stories, and most of the time, it works. But not this time.
USA TodayFull Review Average Love in the Time of Cholera lacks the lyrical grace and mesmerizing quality of Gabriel García Márquez's classic novel.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 23 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The three females rated it from above average to below average which isn't that great.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. About half really enjoyed it. About half of the remaining half rated it as average with the rest rating it below average. These are decent reviews since most will find this movie enjoyable to somewhat enjoyable.
Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) is a poet and telegraph clerk who discovers his life's passion when he sees Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) through the window of her father's villa. Through a series of passionate letters, Florentino gradually awakens the young beauty's heart, but her father (John Leguizamo) is furious when he learns of the affair, and vows to keep them apart forever.
As the years go by, Fermina marries the sophisticated aristocrat Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), who has brought order and medicine to Cartageña, stemming the waves of cholera that mysteriously besiege the city. He sweeps her away to Paris for years, and when they start their lives together back in Cartageña, she has all but forgotten her first love.
But Florentino has not forgotten her. Now a wealthy ship-owner, Florentino engages in a series of affairs but still yearns for Fermina. His heart is patient, and he will wait a lifetime for the chance to be with her again.