• Elsa y Fred (2008)

Elsa y Fred

Release Date: June 27th, 2008

PG |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

A fender bender on a Madrid street brings together 78-year-old Alfredo (Manuel Alexandre), a widowed hypochondriac, and Elsa (China Zorrilla), close in age to Alfredo but as free-spirited as he is uptight. The unlikely pair begin a late-life romance, with Elsa tempting the man she renames "Fred" into such acts of daring as ordering a hugely expensive meal at a restaurant and skipping out on the check. Alfredo in turn decides to make the one great wish of Elsa's life come true.

Cast: Manuel Alexandre, China Zorrilla, Blanca Portillo, Roberto Carnaghi, José Ángel Egido, Gonzalo Urtizberéa, Omar Muñoz, Carlos Álvarez-Novoa

Director: Marcos Carnevale

Genres: Romantic comedy

Keywords: 2000s, Inspiring, Amusing, Death, Transformation, Doctor, Touching, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Though recalling a truckload of antecedents, "Harold and Maude" and "Sweet November" among them, Elsa & Fred manages enough fresh touches and performance subtleties to stand alone as an irresistible, bittersweet comedy. show more

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    A disarming Spanish dramedy of late-life love, speaks a universal language. show more

  • 60
    Bob MondelloNPR

    By movie's end, director Marcos Carnevale has made it possible for you to see Elsa through Fred's eyes. Love has bloomed late -- but with sweet exuberance -- in this romantic charmer. show more

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