||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from PG-13 votes
||Release: 30 October 2014 (Mexico) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
||Director: Anna Pavignano,
||Stars: Chris Noth, Christopher Plummer, Donny Boaz, Erika Alexander, George Segal, Haylie Creppel, Jaime Camil, James Brolin, Marcia Gay Harden, McCartney Bisgard, Osvaldo Ríos, Reg Rogers, Scott Bakula, Shirley MacLaine, Wendell Pierce
||Synopsis: "Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroianni but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting 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. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is ... Written by Unknown
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I just finished watching Elsa & Fred and really, really enjoyed myself.
However, at the same time I wonder just how many folks will go and see
this neat little movie. After all, it's about two very old and rather
strange people who find love in their final years...and this sort of
thing isn't exactly box office gold. Most romance pictures today
involve very young, very beautiful people and not people in their 80s!
Frankly...I'm a bit tired of those typical love stories. Some recent
films like Something's Gotta Give, The Face of Love and now Elsa & Fred
have all explore relationships with folks who are neither taut, tanned
nor twenty-something and I say more power to 'em!
Christopher Plummer stars as Fred--a cranky old widower who is sick to
death over losing his independence and has no desire to grow old
gracefully. When his daughter arranges for him to move to a new
apartment, he seems content with just lying in bed...waiting to die.
However, his rock-solid retirement plans are upset due to his eccentric
neighbor, Elsa (Shirley MacLaine). Unlike Fred, she is vivacious and
full of life--and loves to make up lies about the fantastic life she's
led. To put it bluntly, she's a bit of a wacko....but a fun wacko. And,
they soon decide to throw caution to the wind and enjoy their final
While the ending is a bit of a downer (I gotta be honest about this), I
thoroughly enjoyed the film because these two quirky characters seemed
so unlike the people you normally see in movies. They are not walking
clichés but older people who have needs, desires and dreams--and who
refuse to grow old gracefully! Plummer and MacLaine are simply terrific
and it also didn't hurt that they had a very strong supporting
cast--which is surprising considering that this is a relatively
low-budget film. But, despite the budget, it really doesn't skimp on
anything and really delivers. Plus, it made me smile...and not enough
movies do that.
NOTE: After seeing this wonderful film, I learned that it is a
remake--and much of it is almost exactly like the Spanish language
original. Because of this, I knock a point off this one and recommend
you first see the 2005 version. Now I am not saying it's better--but it
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, Christopher Plummer
, Donny Boaz
, Erika Alexander
, George Segal
, Haylie Creppel
, Jaime Camil
, James Brolin
, Marcia Gay Harden
, McCartney Bisgard
, Osvaldo Ríos
, Reg Rogers
, Scott Bakula
, Shirley MacLaine
, Wendell Pierce
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