This movie scared me…to think that one can love another human being so much they make loving that person their life’s purpose! As much as I have loved and lost, I’ve always promised myself that I would never keep my love alive for someone who wouldn’t choose me. Never.
Once he chooses another, he seals the fate of our relationship or could’ve-been relationship: it’s over. And moving on is required. I always move on. Florentino, in the movie, couldn’t move on. He pined, he suffered, he put his life on hold…waiting 53 years to have the woman he loved as a youth. I’m sorry, I wouldn’t. So it was that I couldn’t find any joy in this storyline. Instead, I was appalled.
And the lesson I took away from the story was: What not to do.