Love in the Time of Cholera
(USA/Great Britain, 2007, 138 minutes)
In turn of the century Colombia, a romantic clerk pines for over 50 years for the teenage sweetheart that broke his heart. Misjudged and miscast adaptation of a celebrated novel that completely misses the tone required to make it work on the screen, reducing romantic tragedy to a far-fetched if luxuriously presented soap opera.
A Stone Village Pictures presentation/production, in association with Grosvenor Park Media. Starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hector Elizondo, Liev Schreiber, Ana Claudia Talancón, Fernanda Montenegro, Unax Ugalde; with Laura Harring; and John Leguizamo. Directed by Mike Newell; produced by Scott Steindorff; screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera; music by Antonio Pinto; songs by Shakira; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Affonso Beato; production designer, Wolf Kroeger; costume designer, Marit Allen; film editor, Mick Audsley.