Elsa y Fred

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  • Summary: When elderly Fred loses his wife, he quietly moves into a smaller apartment to live out the rest of his life, which he hopes will be quick. But when he meets his neighbor, vivacious Elsa, he soon discovers how much life he has to live.


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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
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  1. And who would have guessed that, in this age of excess and one-upmanship, when bigger is always better, the year's most romantic screen kiss would last a mere two seconds.
  2. Worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.
  3. Sentimental, formulaic, predictable and shamelessly manipulative, Marcos Carnevale’s tale of late-life love is also genuinely heartbreaking and heartening.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Elsa & Fred does graze against an interesting idea: that the vitality of our youths lives on in the prison of aging bodies.
  5. 50
    This begins to get interesting in the home stretch, as the woman's chronic deception begins to catch up with her, but for the most part it's an extended Geritol commercial.
  6. The problem isn't the acting; both actors are superb. It's Elsa's character that is so difficult to take. Only the hopelessly romantic will be able to tolerate her.
  7. 40
    Will likely warm the cockles of your heart, even though it's hardly the stuff of great romance.

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