OM SHANTI OM
Romantic Sentiments Trump Morality and Common Sense
Starring: Javier Bardem, Giovanna
Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt,
Catalina Sandino Moreno,
Hector Elizondo, and Liev
Runtime: 138 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Mike Newell
Executive Producer: Michael Nozik, Dylan Russell,
Scott Lastaiti, Danny
Greenspun, Robin Greenspun,
and Andrew Molasky
Producer: Scott Steindorff
Writer: Ronald Harwood
Address Comments To:Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
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Set mostly in Cartagena, Columbia between 1879 and about 1933, the movie flashes back to the time when young Florentino Ariza, a poet and telegraph clerk, falls in love with Fermina Daza, the beautiful daughter of a man with a growing mule business. The two lovers exchange many passionate letters, but, when Florentino wants to ask for Fermina’s hand in marriage, her father takes her far away into the rural jungles from where they came for two years.
When they return to Cartagena, Fermina tells Florentino that she now believes her father’s words, that their love was just an illusion. Fermina marries the sophisticated aristocrat, Dr. Juvenal Urbino, a kind but sometimes aloof man.
Florentino does not forget Fermina, however, even though he assuages his despair by making a list of the hundreds of sexual encounters he has for 50 years. The movie graphically depicts those encounters as Florentino patiently waits to pursue Fermina again. At one point, Florentino thinks he may have found a replacement for Fermina, but the woman is married and, when the husband finds out about their affair, he murders the woman. This experience causes Florentino to decide that God wants him to wait until Fermina’s own husband dies. And, that is just what Florentino does.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA is a celebration of emotional love, but it also says that, if you can’t get the one you love, it’s okay to indulge in countless sexual affairs. Finally, the movie says that, when you consummate your one true love (in every possible meaning of that word except the spiritual), “it is life, not death, that has no limits.” To that end, this story, as told here, has a very strong Romantic worldview, where emotional desires and sexual lust trump morality and common sense. Such Romanticism is, of course, abhorrent. This story has been called “one of the greatest love stories ever told,” but, if Florentino’s love were truly real, he would not be indulging his quirky male pride by making a list of hundreds of sexual conquests while he waits for Fermina to become available again.
To go along with its abhorrent Romantic worldview, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA also contains scenes of explicit sex and nudity.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA is a celebration of emotional love. It also says, if you can’t get the one you love, it’s okay to indulge in countless sexual affairs. Thus, the movie has a very strong Romantic worldview where emotional desires and sexual lust trump morality and common sense. Such Romanticism is abhorrent. To go along with its Romanticism, the movie contains explicit sex and nudity.