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"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 a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroianni but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is ... Written by
Elsa (Shirley MacLaine) is obsessed with the Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and its stars Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. In reality, Shirley MacLaine co-starred with Mastroianni in "Used People" in 1992 and with Ekberg in "Artists and Models" in 1955 and in "Woman Times Seven" in 1967. MacLaine also starred in "Sweet Charity" in 1969, a musical version of Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" made in 1957. See more »
Life is long, and when you've lived so many years, and you do things, and you don't think when you're doing them, that they matter all that much. And then one day you wake up and you realize that you managed quite a bit, and so much so that you can't even remember all of it.
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I've seen several movies about older people falling in love & have enjoyed most of them. I suppose that's why Netflix recommended this one, guessing that I'd LOVE it! Boy were they off this time!
I had a huge problem with the Elsa character who was, IMO, a contemptible, pushy, pathological liar and overall whack-job!
And poor Shirley looked just awful! I realize she's elderly, but good grief, there are things they could have done with camera angles, focus, lighting and wardrobe that would have improved her appearance. It looked like they applied her foundation with a trowel! And rarely, if ever, is long hair flattering to women from about age 60 and up - and hers looked like a cheap wig, to make it even worse! If I was Shirley, I'd sue them for making me look so horrible.
I found the whole thing implausible because to start with, among the folks in this age group, decent looking widowers who are financially secure and mentally sound - as the Fred character was - are in very short supply. In reality, a Fred would not be so lonely or so desperate that he'd settle for someone who acts and looks like an Elsa.
It saddens me that two great old pros, like Plummer and MacLaine have apparently been reduced to starring in this kind of inane garbage.
I honestly wish I hadn't watched this and I recommend that nobody else watch it.
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