Love in the Time of Cholera (film): Wikis


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Love in the Time of Cholera

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by Scott Steindorff
Written by Novel:
Gabriel García Márquez
Ronald Harwood
Starring Javier Bardem
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Benjamin Bratt
Fernanda Montenegro
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Hector Elizondo
with Laura Harring
and John Leguizamo
and Liev Schreiber
Music by Antonio Pinto
Cinematography Affonso Beato
Editing by Mick Audsley
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Stone Village Production
Release date(s) November 16, 2007 USA
November 29, 2007 Germany
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50,000,000

Love in the Time of Cholera is a 2007 motion picture directed by Mike Newell. Based on the novel of the same name by Gabriel García Márquez, it tells the story of a love triangle between Fermina Daza (played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her two suitors, Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) and Doctor Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt) which spans 50 years, from 1880 to 1930.

Producer Scott Steindorff spent over three years courting Gabriel García Márquez for the rights to the book telling him that he was Florentino and wouldn't give up until he got the rights.[1]

It is the first filming of a García Márquez novel by a Hollywood studio, rather than by Latin American or Italian directors. It is also the first English language work of Academy Award-nominated Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, who portrays Tránsito Ariza.


Film locations

Much of the film takes place in the historic, walled city of Cartagena in Colombia. Some screen shots showed the Magdalena River and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range.[2]


At the end of the 19th century in Cartagena, a river port in Colombia, Florentino Ariza falls in love at first sight of Fermina Daza. They secretly correspond and she eventually agrees to marry but her father discovers their relationship and sends her to distant relatives. When she returns some years later, Fermina agrees to marry Dr. Juvenal Urbino, her father's choice. Their fifty year marriage is marked by roughly equal amounts of love and anger. Fermina's marriage devastates Florentino, but his mother throws a willing widow into his bed and he discovers that sex is a very good pain reliever. He begins to number and describe each of his women, beginning with #1, the widow, and eventually has over 600 names and notes. He also decides to be as successful and rich as Dr. Urbino and, when the doctor dies suddenly, immediately renews his courtship of Fermina.



Gabriel García Marquez

According to an interview by Colombian magazine Revista Semana Scott Steindorff producer of the film, showed an unreleased final edition of the film to Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico who at the end of the film is said to have exclaimed "Bravo!" with a smile on his face.[2]


The film received negative to mixed reviews from critics. As of November 17, 2007 on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 29% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 82 reviews.[3] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 44 out of 100, based on 27 reviews.[4]

Time rated it "D" and described it as "a serious contender [for] the worst movie ever made from a great novel ... Skip the film; reread the book."[5]

In her review in Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum also rated it "D" and called it "turgid and lifeless ... those who have read Gabriel García Márquez's glowing and sexy 1988 novel [sic] about one man's grand love for a woman who marries another are bound to be peevishly disappointed ... those who haven't read the book will now never understand the ardor of those who have — at least not based on all the hammy traipsing and coupling and scene-hopping thrown together here."[6]

In the Los Angeles Times, Carina Chocano stated, "the novel has made it to the screen in the form of a plodding, tone-deaf, overripe, overheated Oscar-baiting telenovela ... Doubtless it's an enormously daunting task to adapt a book at once so sweeping and internal, so swooningly romantic and philosophical, but it takes a lighter touch and a more expansive view than Newell and Harwood seem to bring."[7]

Box office performance

In its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, the film ranked #10 at the box office, grossing $1.9 million in 852 theaters[8] It has grossed $4,607,608 domestically and $26,728,781 overseas to make $31,336,389 worldwide.


On his own initiative, García Márquez convinced Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shakira, who hails from the nearby city of Barranquilla, to provide three songs for the film: "Hay Amores," "Despedida," and "Pienso En Ti". The first two songs were written by Shakira along with Brazilian composer Antonio Pinto, while "Pienso En Ti" was taken from Shakira's 1995 album Pies Descalzos. The full score was composed by Pinto, who also scored City of God and Lord of War. Shakira was also invited to play as an actress in the film, but Shakira rejected this offer as she did not wish to appear nude.

The song "Despedida" (music by Shakira and Antonio Pinto; lyrics by Shakira) was nominated for Best Original Song in a motion picture in the 65th Golden Globe Awards.

The Love in the Time of Cholera EP and full soundtrack were released exclusively on iTunes on November 13, 2007.


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