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With: Manuel Alexandre, China Zorrilla, Blanca Portillo, José Ángel Egido, Omar Muñoz, Roberto Carnaghi, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Gonzalo Urtizberéa, Fanny Gautier, Federico Luppi, Tomás Sáez
Written by: Marcos Carnevale, Marcela Guerty
Directed by: Marcos Carnevale
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements and language
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 108
Date: 07/28/2005
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Elsa & Fred (2008)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

La Dolce Fleeting

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Seventy-something Madrid widow Elsa (China Zorrilla) meets her new neighbor, the recent widower Alfredo (Manuel Alexandre), and they fall in love. Flibbertigibbet Elsa is a fibber and a creature of whim, while Fred has always led a proper and controlled life, so of course the kook loosens up the uptight stiff. Supporting characters are thinly drawn, and director and co-writer Marcos Carnevale relies on obvious jokes (a farting dog) and easy drama (hospital visits) but can't squelch a few moments of spontaneous charm. Elsa is obsessed with the "Fontana di Trevi" sequence from La Dolce Vita, but that's only a reminder that the aging Fellini once accomplished far more effective films about old age and second chances, Ginger & Fred (1986) and Intervista (1987).