Down 14,504 this week

Elsa & Fred (2005)
"Elsa y Fred" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 July 2005 (Argentina)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,541 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 20 user | 37 critic | 16 from

When the retired seventy-seven years old hypochondriac widower Fred moves to an apartment in Madrid, his temperamental daughter Cuca has an incident with his next door neighbor, the elder ... See full summary »


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 30 May 2011
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Feb 2013
a list of 23 titles
created 16 Sep 2013
a list of 42 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Elsa & Fred" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Elsa & Fred (2005)

Elsa & Fred (2005) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Elsa & Fred.
9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jaime has lost his job and has to provide for his wife, son and daughter. Pressured by this circumstances, he visits his mom, who lives in an apartment he owns, to ask her to move with him ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Carlos Oves
Stars: China Zorrilla, Eduardo Blanco, Ulises Dumont
Anita (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome (Alejandra Manzo) who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora (Academy Award ... See full summary »

Director: Marcos Carnevale
Stars: Norma Aleandro, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Each member of this family tries to endorse someone else to care for the old Mother.

Director: Alejandro Doria
Stars: Luis Brandoni, China Zorrilla, Antonio Gasalla
Common Ground (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired ... See full summary »

Director: Adolfo Aristarain
Stars: Federico Luppi, Mercedes Sampietro, Arturo Puig
Valentin I (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving.

Director: Alejandro Agresti
Stars: Rodrigo Noya, Alejandro Agresti, Julieta Cardinali
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Javier and Maria live together. Discontent with life in Argentina, they plan to migrate to Miami in search for a better life... See full synopsis »

Director: Juan Taratuto
Stars: Diego Peretti, Soledad Villamil, Cecilia Dopazo
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse. A woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro
Stars: Héctor Alterio, Cecilia Roth, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.

Director: Carlos Sorin
Stars: Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedicti, Javiera Bravo
Aquanoids (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

On a small island off the California coast it's the Fourth of July and tourists are washing up dead in Babylon Bay, once again! In 1987, rumor has it that mysterious sea creatures called ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke
Stars: Laura Nativo, Rhoda Jordan, Edwin Craig
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

19-year-old Argentina Martin has a nearly fatal drug overdose. After that his mother sends him to Madrid, where his film director father (also called Martin) lives with his new much younger... See full summary »

Director: Adolfo Aristarain
Stars: Federico Luppi, Juan Diego Botto, Eusebio Poncela
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After she loses her mobile phone, a lawyer receives a call from the person who found it. They talk and hit it off very quickly. But she's in shock when she sees that he's very short.

Director: Marcos Carnevale
Stars: Guillermo Francella, Julieta Díaz, Mauricio Dayub


Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Alexandre ...
China Zorrilla ...
José Ángel Egido ...
Omar Muñoz ...
Roberto Carnaghi ...
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa ...
Gonzalo Urtizberéa ...
Fanny Gautier ...
Tomás Sáez ...
Manolo Solo ...
Doctor 2
Doctor 1
Roberto Mosca ...
Fabrizio Meschini ...


When the retired seventy-seven years old hypochondriac widower Fred moves to an apartment in Madrid, his temperamental daughter Cuca has an incident with his next door neighbor, the elder Argentinean Elsa. Later, they meet each other and Elsa seduces Fred with her reckless behavior and view of life and they have a romance. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


You are never too old to be young.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »





| |

Release Date:

28 July 2005 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Elsa & Fred  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,551 (USA) (4 July 2008)


$186,875 (USA) (26 September 2008)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Features La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »


Hoy puede ser un gran día
Written & Performed by Joan Manuel Serrat
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

1 September 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Talking about China Zorrilla is the same as talking about Federico Luppi. The difference, personally, is that I've seen Luppi, and been able to admire him in his work, but I haven't seen this old woman who gets better with the years; like wine. I haven't seen her at all. However, she has always been and will always be one of the biggest Argentine celebrities and best actresses of our history; and if some critics say that she is "for an Oscar" in this film, it is because she is.

I know the United States will never watch an Argentine film and consider its cast seriously, but who knows? We've had Best Foreign Film nominations in the past. At her 83 years old, and gratefully for the ones who adore her, she is able to make at least one film per year. In this year's work, she plays Elsa, the leading woman of "Elsa & Fred".

The movie's title proposes a clichéd romantic comedy, coming from the United States, like, for example, "Alex & Emma", "The prince & me", you know… The thing is it is from Argentina, and it has one element that separates it grandly from the titles I've mentioned; it comes by the side of age. Elsa and Fred (Manuel Alexandre) are really old persons, supposedly in their 70's, and they are falling in love as the youngsters are in the latter films.

It is important to say that if the movie had no image, and if the voices weren't so revealing, Elsa and Fred would be just like those youngsters. This is just because of the words they say, because of the way they speak, however their story is sad. Fred has recently lost his wife, and he is locked up in his apartment, that is just next to Elsa's. She has sons, grandsons, brothers, husbands, I don't know how many because she is a tricky woman, but director Marcos Carnevale and writing partner Marcela Guerty (writers of great Argentine shows like "22, El loco" and powerful movies like "El día que me amen") try to keep it as real as possible so we can believe we can find love again and again, no matter our age. It doesn't reach that much, though, and this and other stuff that are not worth mentioning make the film fall a little short from good.

What was amazing was to see the movie theater replete with old people; people as old as the film's main characters. And none of them was alone. What I'm trying to say is that the film achieved an objective in getting these couples to watch the movie. For their pleasure, there were lots of beautiful places in Carnevale's camera, and also incredible stars in the cast, including Roberto Carnaghi, who plays one of Elsa's sons and Federico Luppi, who appears late but amazes as always. He is just there for three minutes, three amazing minutes.

Ironically, because I said this could be an American film, the opening is undoubtedly at the level of one of those films; with beautiful breathtaking images, like in dreams, with water in the middle and blurry frames explained by Lito Vitale's unique music, in his unique language, which makes me wonder how come he never made music for films all around the world.

But in the end, it is China Zorrilla, whose mannerisms win the audiences' hearts, and whose grace is untouched, as if she was still a teenager in search of her first love.

20 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I buy this movie? summitpulse
Where to buy this movie. Donde puede comprar la pelicula. maguregui2
Discuss Elsa & Fred (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: