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Love in the Time of Cholera

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Source: Catholic News Service

Overlong, uneven adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez's acclaimed 1985 epic in which a telegraph clerk (Javier Bardem) in late 19th-century Colombia at the time of a cholera epidemic continues an over-the-decades obsession with the woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) he courted as a young man, even though she's now married to an affluent doctor (Benjamin Bratt). Director Mike Newell's cinematic rendering of Marquez's exploration of love in its myriad forms cannot capture the emotional complexities of the book despite Ronald Harwood's intelligent adaptation, and the performances are a mixed bag. The protagonist's finding consolation in numerous sexual if loveless liaisons is morally problematic. Upper female and partial male nudity, several brief nonmarital sexual encounters, innuendo and some frank sexual talk, adultery, domestic discord and murder. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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