In their adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez' novel of a man who waits 53 years to consummate the love of his life, director Mike Newell and screenwriter Ronald Harwood take a deliriously romantic, archly anti-realistic story and make it pretty prosaic. The actors, especially Javier Bardem as lovesick Florentino Ariza, Giovanna Mezzogiorno as his beloved, and Marcela Mar as a Florentino paramour, do what they can, but in contrast to other films in the well-stocked Garcia Márquez filmography, it's splendidly picturesque but emotionally shallow. Liev Schreiber, Fernanda Montenegro, and Catalina Sandino Moreno are among the supporting cast (138 min., 2007).
Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ronald Harwood
Producer: Danny Greenspun
Cast: Liev Schreiber, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Laura Harring and Javier Bardem
Love in the Time of Cholera