Love in the Time of Cholera

Movie information

How long would you wait for love? Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief language.
Released on:
November 16, 2007  

Production Companies:
Stone Village Productions
New Line Cinema

Status: Released

Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hector Elizondo, Liev Schreiber, Fernanda Motenegro, Laura Harring, John Leguizamo, Marcela Mar

Director: Mike Newell

Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Romance
About the film:
Spanning a half-century in the complex, magical and sensual city of Cartageña, Colombia, the sweeping romantic epic tells the story of a man who waits over fifty years for his one true love.

Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem stars as Florentino Ariza, 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.
Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $1.92 mil. (852 theaters) | Domestic Total: $4.61 mil.
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