19th Century Colombia. Florentino (Bardem) is love struck when he claps his eyes on Fermina (Mezzogiomo), the daughter of an aristocratic mule merchant (Leguiziamo). After Fermina rejects him, Florentino refuses to abandon his passion but dulls the pain by bedding hundreds of women.
A valiant attempt to turn a complex novel into a compelling movie is hamstrung by a conventional literary sensibility, an uneven tone and, crucially, a failure to establish a moving, meaningful connection between its two major players.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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