Goal 2: Living the Dream

Starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, John Lequizamo and Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Mike Newell.
Running Time: 138 mins.
Rated: Rated M (moderate sex scenes, infrequent moderate coarse language).
This is a sweeping film, ranging from 1879 to the 1930s. It is based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner for literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and has been adapted by prolific playwright and screenwriter, Ronald Harwood (whose work included an Oscar for The Pianist and the adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). It has been directed by Mike Newell who has made films in all genres including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

Garcia Marquez was born in Colombia, in the city of Cartegena where this story is set. The film was made on location there and captures the atmosphere of the Latin American city, its history and culture and the rivers and countryside.

The title is arresting (and, maybe, for some, offputting). The film is certainly about love, about unrequited love with its obsession and passion. There are also outbreaks of the cholera epidemic. How is this a metaphor? That love is like an outbreak of infection, making the patient suffer, difficult to heal and to recuperate from

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