2016 Movie Challenge|Week 5|Love in the Time of Cholera

love-in-the-time-of-cholera-widescreen_931003As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!


Week 5: A movie with a love triangle

Love in the Time of Cholera is the very definition of a film with a love triangle. The steamy backdrop of South America is the jungle in which two men capture the heart of one woman. There is a romanticism about the movie and it manages to maintain a folklore quality. The historical setting of the novel is an “in between” time: from the end of the nineteenth- to the first decades of the twentieth century.

Florentino Ariza, a mamma’s boy with a melancholy air, is overwhelmed by his love for Fermina Daza, a comely girl whose “doe’s gait” makes her “seem immune to gravity.” Her father wants more for her than a lowly telegraph worker and moves Fermina away. At first she longs for Florentino but then dismisses his love as an illusion and marries the esteemed Urbino, who in many ways serves as a counterpoint to Florentino’s overblown romanticism. Basically Fermina is the cool gorgeous girl next door, Florentino is the nerd and Urbino is the football star. You could drop these characters into a high school drama and not miss a beat. Florentino becomes a ladies man – likely imagining each woman is Fermina. Meanwhile Urbino and Fermina share their lives together. They have children, they fight, they rub along and learn to love each other.

After waiting half a century for Urbino to die, Florentino ends his self-imposed emotional exile (of fifty-one years, nine months, and four days) of unrequited love. He declares his “vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love” to Fermina–just as she gets home from her husband’s funeral. Fermina is outraged and makes him leave- making sure it is forever. Patient Florentino keeps after her with his usual way of letters that this time meditative and philosophical rather than flowery and romantic. And then the final courtship of Love in the Time of Cholera commences. In the film we see all kinds of love. The last one is very patient and slow burning.



2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

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