Love in the Time of Cholera

2007 R 2h 19m DVD

Love in the Time of Cholera

2007 R 2h 19m DVD
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A man obsessively in love with the childhood sweetheart who rejected him long ago and married another man remains on the sidelines of her life for the next 50 years, carving out a tortured relationship of longing and passion.
Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hector Elizondo, Liev Schreiber, Ana Claudia Talancón, Gina Bernard Forbes, Marcela Mar, Laura Harring, Fernanda Montenegro, Unax Ugalde, John Leguizamo, Angie Cepeda, Rúbria Negrão, Alicia Borrachero, Paola Turbay
Mike Newell
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this period literary adaptation isn't for kids: It moves slowly, deals with mature themes, and has lots of sex scenes and partial nudity. The sex isn't especially explicit (there's some motion and occasional thrusting, with breasts, nipples, and bottoms visible), but it's frequent and plays into the main character's yearning for his one true love. Characters discuss religion, marriage, and adultery; brief violence includes a cut throat (with blood) and a physically abusive father. Some language (one use of "f--k," plus other choice terms).

Sexual Content

Multiple sex scenes show bodies in profile and in assorted positions/locations (motion is explicit, and naked breasts/nipples and bottoms are shown). More partial-nudity post-sex moments, as well as visible breasts in scenes set on a balcony and in a brothel. Lots of cleavage in general. Florentino is invited to the whorehouse to ease his obsession with Fermina. Discussion of whores is alternately joking and pejorative. Conversation about a man's "thing," (Fermina wonders how it works, and her husband offers a "lesson in love," getting on top of her in bed before the scene fades out). Rumor about a man picking up boys on the dock. Husband's affair hurts his wife. Slang for sex act includes "screw" and "f--k."


First scene shows elderly Juvenal falling off a ladder and dying in his back yard. Fermina's father wields a gun and a whip to threaten others. A brief scene shows men boxing in the street for public entertainment. When a throat is cut, the victim gurgles and dies.


Profanity includes one use of "f--k" (as a verb), plus "s--t," "damn," and "screw."

Social Behavior

Even though he's devoted to Fermina and faithful to her in his heart, Florentino sleeps with lots of other women. Some discussions of religion suggest distinctions between daily life and spiritual faith. Cholera and love are deemed causes for fevers and bad decisions.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Repeated cigar and cigarette smoking, as well as drinking (liquor and wine) -- both in frustration and in celebration.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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