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Although too few movies take into account the rich lives of the elderly—unless those elderly are actors trying to pass as action heroes—that doesn't fully excuse a movie as cloying and predictable as Elsa & Fred. Manuel Alexandre and China Zorrilla star as unattached neighbors who take turns inadvertently insulting each other, then develop a grudging friendship that turns into a tentative romance. She's a brassy matron who speaks her mind, craves adventure, and models herself after Anita Ekberg. He's a timid soul who clings to his routine and his medication, and sums up his late wife in one word: "tidy." Will they overcome their differences and find happiness together before either the end credits roll or one of them croaks? Do you even need to ask? Writer-director Marcos Carnevale keeps Elsa & Fred breezy and light—even with the specter of death hovering over his leads—but the absence of. »

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