"Romantic Sentiments Trump Morality and Common Sense"
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA is a solid but unexceptional romantic drama about a man who pines for his one true love for 51 years, based on the acclaimed novel of a South American writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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.
(RoRoRo, C, FRFRFR, Ho, Ab, L, VV, SS, NN, A, D, M) Very strong Romantic worldview with an implied criticism of classism in a South American culture, but not in an extremely didactic way, about two people separated by a mean greedy father who wants to attain a higher social class through his daughter’s eventual marriage, with some lightly positive Christian elements in a Roman Catholic setting, but with antinomian sentiments implied and expressed by male protagonist who assuages his pain and despair about not getting his one true love by making a list of the hundreds of sexual relationships he has over 50 years, with emotional love being the ultimate redemptive state of being, almost a spiritual goal and a state of eternal life in itself, but without God or Christ, plus minor character repeats false gossip that a protagonist is homosexual and two characters at cross purposes say “Thank you, God” regarding same event and man says he doesn’t believe in God but he fears God; three obscenities, one strong profanity, and one light profanity; a strong scene but not overly bloody where a man slits his wife’s throat, light scenes of war violence and father drags daughter away from town onto a carriage; scenes of depicted fornication and couples lying in bed, implied fornication, implied and depicted adultery, and brief talk about sex; shots of upper and rear sexual nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, mean father, class snobbery, and ship owner makes captain fly a cholera flag so he and his one true love can be alone together.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA is a romantic drama about a man who pines for his true love for 51 years. Set in Cartagena, Columbia between 1879 and about 1933, the movie flashes back to young Florentino, a poet and telegraph clerk, falling in love with Fermina, the beautiful daughter of a man with a growing business. Fermina’s father forcibly separates the lovers. Fermina eventually marries an aristocratic doctor, a kind but sometimes aloof man. Florentino decides that he will wait for Fermina until her husband dies, but he relieves his pain 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.
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.