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Elsa & Fred (2009)

Manuel Alexandre , China Zorrilla , n , a  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Manuel Alexandre, China Zorrilla
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JL43Q6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Elsa & Fred is a story about two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it s never too late to love... or to dream. Elsa is 82 years-old, while Alfredo is a bit younger than her. After losing his wife, Alfredo feels disturbed and confused so his daughter suggests him it would be best if he moved into a smaller apartment. There he ll meet Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live - be it more or less - is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases.

Elsa & Fres es la historia de dos personas que al final del camino descubren que nunca es demasiado tarde para amar....o soñar. Elsa tiene 82 años, mientras que Alfredo es un poco más joven que ella. Después de perder a su esposa, Alfredo se siente perturbado y confundido por lo que su hija le sugiere mudarse a un departamento más pequeño. Ahí conocerá a Elsa. Desde ese momento todo cambia completamente. Elsa irrumpe en su vida como un torbellino dispuesta a demostrarle que el tiempo que le queda de vida, mucho o poco, es precioso y puede disfrutarlo como le plazca.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Romantic Comedy January 30, 2009
Elsa & Fred is a romantic dramedy about a couple in their golden years who meet by "accident" -- literally. Actually it's a "fender bender" of sorts.

Fred is recently widowed, and Elsa is --- well, she's Elsa, as you'll find out throughout this charming Spanish-Argentinian film production. Their chance encounter becomes the centerpiece for a series of delightful events that bring them closer to each other. As the story plays out, don't be surprised if you find yourself feeling as if you are an "unseen guest" to a blossoming relationship that will inspire, amuse, and sadden you.

The cast is superb. The two leads (Manuel Alexandre & China Zorrilla) seem so natural in their roles, and that heightens the dramatic impact of this endearing story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ENCHANTING LOVE STORY March 26, 2009
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What can one say about a film that approaches perfection? Both a love story and a very clever homage to Fellini's La Dolce Vita,director Carnevale allows two seasoned actors from Argentina and Spain, Zorrilla and Alexaindre, to give their best. Love in old age: do not go gently into the dark night/rage, rage against the going of the light." I am getting this DVD to show in my Spanish courses!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very poignant "Elsa & Fred" from Argentina/Spain August 19, 2008
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What a little gem of a movie. Manuel Alexandre and China Zorrilla are precious in the roles of two elderly people who meet and develop a beautiful relationship purely by accident. Anyone bored with conventional love stories with young, beautiful people, should see this film. Yes, it has its melodrama, but it's also very funny and gives hope to us all that there can be love and excitement well into our golden years. Manuel Alexandre is Alfredo (Fred), a man plagued with illnesses and taking all kinds of pills for ills he really doesn't know if he has whose life is turned upside down by his neighbor, Elsa. The amazing China Zorrilla (of Uruguay and first lady of Argentinian film and theatre)is the quirky and very funny Elsa, an Argentine living in Madrid right down the hall from Alfredo. They by chance meet and what follows is pure magic. How refreshing to see two actors in their 80s give outstanding performances with so many nuances: fear, depression, laughter, etc.... Don't miss it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! October 28, 2010
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Amazing movie! Moving, funny, real, sad, it has it all! Outstanding actors! I just loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elsa Does Her Thing June 6, 2010
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Elsa and Fred is a wonderful movie about aging in general and is especially delightful within the context of the warm, colorful Spanish culture. It evokes feelings of hopefulness and joy in those of us who are approaching our senior years and emphasizes the importance of using one's imagination and maintaining a sense of humor. Also, Elsa and Fred teach us
that it is never too late to find passion and love. Viva el amor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! March 21, 2010
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This movie I see it over and over, you laugh, you will cry, has everything drama, comedy and romance.
Excellent actors. It goes so fast that you want more, so that is why I have seen it over and over. You will fall in love again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! December 17, 2009
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This is a must see film. I believe it's worth watching with your parents, regardless of how old !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elsa & Fred August 24, 2008
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We first saw this film at the Paris Cinema in Manhattan in early July.
In fact, we are going to see it again today at the same theater with friends.


Very happy it is out on DVD now.
Makes for a great gift to share with older friends to remind them
that life can still be fun and fulfilling after sixty.

If you enjoyed Life Is Beautiful and La Vie En Rose ... this is a no brainer.
The acting is outstanding.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny and at the same time tender
Fullfilled my expectations, so funny and at the same time tender.
Published 2 months ago by Melba Quinones
5.0 out of 5 stars jUST THE BEST.
I sent for this after reading Joseph Epsteins book A Distant which it was mentioned as being worthwhile and so it was ....what a lovely. satisfying movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent transaction
A beautiful heart-warming story. Especially good acting with all of the actors appearing to live the roles and making the story more believable.
Published 16 months ago by Richard C. Kohler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It made me laugh and cry but mainly laugh. Two elderly people enjoying life regardless of their problems and troubles.
Published 20 months ago by Kirby G Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
super nice movie that teaches the value of life and death by two lovable characters. Recommended if you like movies latino.
Published on August 18, 2012 by May
3.0 out of 5 stars Elsa & Fred
Enjoyable movie about that can be described as Finding Love @ Any Age. If you speak Spanish you can remove the subtitles.
Published on July 4, 2012 by Jose L. Nunez
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and fun
I was expecting a funny but sad story, one that would make me laugh and cry. I did laugh, but I didn't cry. It was pretty funny, and a pleasant movie for a night's entertainment. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by BrianB
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Argentina
This low-wattage charmer from Argentina will grow slowly on you and bowl you over with its punchy, emotional ending. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Andy Orrock
4.0 out of 5 stars Love story . . .
The performances of the two leads in this love story about a man and a woman in their 70s (well, one may be older) are quite fine. Read more
Published on December 3, 2009 by Ronald Scheer
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