21 user 37 critic

Elsa & Fred (2005)

Elsa y Fred (original title)
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 »


9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Elsa & Fred (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

"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 ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Radford
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
Anita (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of a social and sports club in a Buenos Aires neighborhood and of those who try to save it from being closed.

Director: Juan José Campanella
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Eduardo Blanco, Mercedes Morán
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
On Probation (2005)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Mariano Is a psychologist who must fulfill community service after losing a lawsuit by a traffic accident. He is forced to provide therapeutic support to Alfredo, a policeman depressed over... See full summary »

Director: Damián Szifrón
Stars: Diego Peretti, Luis Luque, Óscar Ferreiro
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man finds a very unusual way to get rid of his wife.

Director: Juan Taratuto
Stars: Adrián Suar, Valeria Bertuccelli, Gabriel Goity
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A small incident over two neighbors common wall sparks a conflict which affects the intimacy of the view over the chimney; the protagonist sparks a conflict and with paranoiac obsession destroys everyday life.

Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Stars: Rafael Spregelburd, Daniel Aráoz, Eugenia Alonso
Kamchatka (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film is seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, Harry (Matías del Pozo), who does not know that Argentina's 1976 coup d'état is impacting his life. After witnessing the "... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Cecilia Roth, Héctor Alterio
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera
Stars: Alejo García Pintos, Vita Escardó, Pablo Novak
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Director: Luis Puenzo
Stars: Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, Chunchuna Villafañe


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gonzalo Urtizberéa ...
Fanny Gautier ...
Tomás Sáez ...
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:

$25,655 (Brazil) (28 July 2006)


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Alternate-language version of Elsa & Fred (2014) 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

Unforgettable and Worth Seeing
2 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. I can guarantee it will move you in some way -- unless you're not human! lol. Of course, this film isn't for everyone and it won't be a life-changing experience but sometimes, it's good to see a film like this, especially if you're a pessimist and have no lust for life or have given up for some reason. This is the kind of story that can remind people to stop and smell the roses, to add gusto to your life, to take risks and appreciate every moment. To me, the most important aspect of this film is that it's so incredibly inspirational - for people of all ages and outlooks. I've seen many romances, foreign and American and this one is definitely on top of my list. But of course, that's me. I'm female and 50 and have a soft spot for love stories. On top of the exceptional screenplay, the cast was superb, in particular the lead actors. Anyway, see it for yourself and you'll see what I mean. You won't be disappointed.

6 of 7 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: