Thursday, March 13, 2008

Love in the time of Cholera (2007)


I read the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez over 10 years ago, and was captured by its brilliance. While the story line is somewhat far fetched in today’s world, I can’t help but wonder if tales like this one took place in the world of the 1800’s. The story aside, it was Marquez’s characterization that really got a hold of me, his characters were real, their was no Romeo & Juliet in his work, but he wrote of a love and a passion that was well on par if not beyond Romeo's & Juliet's.
So when I heard it was finally making its way to film was stoked, and not at all disappointed! The saying goes, “The Film is never as good as the book” and i believe that is true, but as far as a film can take a story like this one, I think they did a great job.

This is a lovers film, it is all about the heart and forbidden love, you wont find any action here and only a touch of comedy. Plenty of nudity and sex, though neither is the focal point of this film.

The Plot:

Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age by the will of her father, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart, while he waits patiently for the Husband of his Fermina to die


Benjamin Bratt...Dr. Juvenal Urbino

Gina Bernard Forbes...Digna Pardo

Giovanna Mezzogiorno...Fermina Urbino

Javier Bardem...Florentino Ariza

Marcela Mar...America Vicuña

Juan Ángel...Marco Aurelio - 40's

Liliana Gonzalez...Marco Aurelio’s Wife (as Liliana Alvarez Gonzalez)

Catalina Botero...Ofelia Urbino - 40's

Miguel Angel Pazos Galindo...Ofelia’s Husband

Maria Cecilia Herrera...Urbino's Sweet Wife

Luis Fernando Hoyos...Urbino Urbino

Carlos Duplat...Mourner #1

Francisco Raul Linero...Mourner #2

Unax Ugalde...Florentino Ariza - Teen

Liev Schreiber...Lotario Thugut



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