Love In The Time Of Cholera

Synopsis: In Colombia just after the Great War, an old man falls from a ladder; dying, he professes great love for his wife. After the funeral, a man calls on the widow - she dismisses him angrily. Flash back more than 50 years to the day Florentino Ariza, a telegraph boy, falls in love with Fermina Daza, the daughter of a mule trader. Ariza is persistent, writing her constantly, serenading, speaking poetically of love. Her father tries to keep them apart, and then, one day, she sees this love as an illusion. She's soon married to Urbino, a cultured physician, and for years, Ariza carries a torch, finding solace in the arms of women, loving none. After Urbino's fall, are Ariza's hopes delusional?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Mike Newell
Production: New Line Cinema
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

My Holy Mother.

My Holy Mother.

It is cholera, my son.

It is cholera.

- No, Mama.

- My son!

I gave her the letter.

Now I must wait

for her reply.


Then enjoy your pain.

Take advantage of it now

while you are young.

And suffer, my son,

suffer all you can,

because these things don't

last your whole life.

May she answer soon.

She won't.



What the hell

you are doing?

It's not an American ship,

it's British.

It's the mail from Liverpool.


Come here.

What is wrong with you?

This isn't love.

It's madness.

Give me, give me.

Up up up up.

No, wait wait.

Fly now, go.

What is wrong

with you?

You need to take

your mind off her.

Come with me

to the whorehouse if...


Oh, how much is it

to send a telegram

to the village

of Piedras de Moler?

- Piedras de Moler?

- Uh-huh.

Uh... let me see.


it's not on our list.

You don't... you don't

send telegrams to Piedras de Moler?

- No.

- Th... then...

good day to you.


"Dear Florentino Ariza...

I am sorry that I have

made you wait so long

for my reply.

I ask your forgiveness.

Please, write to me

again soon."

"Crowned goddess, I enclose

what I know is

a worthless memento.

I also write this verse

in honor of my love for you."

"I think of you every moment.

Now that spring is here,

thoughts of you fill me with life.

I will love you forever.




- It's him.

- Of course it's him.

- Senorita Escolastica?

- Shhh.

Senorita Escolastica,

please turn apart so I can talk

privately to the young lady.

I have something important

to ask her.

What impertinence!

There's nothing that has to do with her

that I cannot hear.

Then I will not

say anything.

But I warn you,

you will be responsible

for the consequences.

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Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born Ronald Horwitz; 9 November 1934) is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). more…

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