Elsa & Fred

Elsa & Fred

DVD - 2014
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The story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love. After losing his wife, Fred feels disturbed, confused and alone, so his daughter helps move him into a small apartment where he meets Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into Fred's 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Millennium Entertainment, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD COMEDY ELSA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Elsa and Fred


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Feb 27, 2020

VERY GOOD 2014 romantic comedy of an older couple dealing with falling in love in their later days - interesting to see Shirley MacLaine at age 80 and Christopher Plummer at 85.

Oct 20, 2019

I love Shirley MaClaine and I like Christopher Plummer but this movie didn't do it for me. Very slow moving and at times downright boring. The romance between Elsa and Fred just wasn't believable and honestly felt one-sided. Even the scenes in Rome and the tie-in to the movie La Dolce Vita didn't help much. I liked Scott Bacula as Elsa's son but Marcia Gay Harding was downright annoying as Fred's daughter. This is a good concept for a movie-two people finding love late in life, but it could have been a lot better.

Oct 07, 2017

Lovely, just the way we are as men when we get older - grumpy and alone in desperate need of that "Special Someone" we could never had in life. This romance turned out great despite being at the end of time.

Sep 29, 2017

Lovely, just lovely.

d2013 Jul 03, 2017

So sweet and well done, both superb actors.

Apr 04, 2017

An endearing movie about an elder couple who fall in love. This movie is all about not sitting on your sofa waiting to die. Live life don't sit and wait for death.

Apr 01, 2017

A sweet and sentimental film. Not for every age group because some will not appreciate the sentimentality of finding love after a certain age. Also, I'm a Shirley MacLaine fan from way back.

Mar 11, 2017

Beautiful movie to watch. Romance and sweetness story of an older couple and their relationship between them.

Jul 01, 2016

Can't help but to chuckle early on which quickly turned to LOLs until near the very end. Amazing romantic comedy on the relationship between an elderly couple in New Orleans. Watch this if you remotely like "Hope Springs," "Quartet," "Learning to Drive," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 1 & 2," "Terms of Endearment (also starred MacLaine)," "Something's Gotta Give," "Le Week-End, " "Mita tova The farewell party," "A five star life," "Memoria de mis putas tristes," "Wrinkles," "Shun Li and the poet," "Cherry blossoms Kirschblüten," "The Last Station," and “5 Flights Up.” See compiled list: https://sccl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/70717470_jimg2000/665975490_romance_of_senior_citizens

May 01, 2016

Touching film.

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Jul 02, 2016

I'm going to the store. Anything you'd like in particular?
-Yeah, to be 30 years younger and have a prostate the size of a peanut. Thank you, Laverne.
Okay, I'll check it out. See what they can do.
-"I decided to invest in our happiness. I'm sure that you'll make things work, in one way or another. One more thing, Lydia. I believe that I wasn't...I wasn't a very good father to you. And I'm sorry. Really, if in the next life, I'm still your father, I'll try to make it up to you., Dad."
-We're going to die of pneumonia!
Would this be such a terrible place to die? ... He caresses her with his eyes. He adores her as if she were... a goddess. And then, it's just the two of them... all alone in the world. The sound of the water disappears. ... My love, my Marcello, I'm going to confess something now. I love you more than I have ever loved any person. Thank you.

Jul 02, 2016

But, Fred, if a story has to be sad, it has to be really, really sad. I couldn't settle for a so-so sad story.
If we're going to trust each other, you have to trust me without proof.
She is not good for you. Look at you. You're all red.
-So I'm red. So what?
Well, at your age...
-Oh, at my age, I can't be red? What would you prefer? Green? Blue?
-Did she tell you about her...her dream of going to Rome?
To the fountain?
-Yeah, yeah. But she told me that you didn't want to take her there. But she wanted to get into the fountain, for crying out loud! And dress up like... What's-her-name? And I had to dress up like that other guy in the movie. It was madness. And for what? What? To get arrested?
Let's say it's not very promising for a person of her age.
-She'll die? We all die eventually.
You know, once upon a time someone told me over an absurd restaurant bill, that some things are priceless.

Jul 02, 2016

Mom is pissed off at everything. She yells all the time. Sometimes, I want to strangle her.
-Yeah, well, you can't now. You've got to wait to get your revenge when she's old. She's doing that to me now.
Why does she want revenge?
-Well, I don't know if I was a good dad. I don't think I was.
I was busy doing other things. It's just the beginning, but I think...
-Well, maybe it's friendship.
You think? But I never did understand when friendship ends and love begins. But, in my opinion, if it's love...It's so much so swift! And then you... and then you tell yourself it's friendship.
He said, "what you should do is mock death, and then she will be afraid of you." You're not afraid of death. Fred, you're afraid of life.
How adorable. Even after all these years, they still want to fight and make up.
You're acting like a baby.
-I'll take that as a compliment. Now, if you'll excuse me.

Jul 02, 2016

So, Fred, tell me, what... what have you gotten out of life?
-Oh, 40 years of telecommunications, a bum marriage, a ball-breaking daughter, who I'm fond of, occasionally, one or two friends, and that's my 80 years.
Tell me, with all your 80 years being on this earth, how much did you laugh?
-Very little.
Were you happy?
-I don't know. I never asked myself. Well, you know, we were just normal, like other people. Unhappy.
-No, I don't like parks. They make me feel I'm already in the cemetery. I never took my daughter when she was a kid. I never took a dog when I had a dog.
Old women are old, young girls are young, and we... we're just trash.
The fact that even you have a love life, gives me hope for my future.
-She's a woman with issues.
All women have issues. What kind of issues?

Jul 02, 2016

Fred. ... Oh. I found the door open. I came for your memorial service, but I see you're quite active.
-Oh, yeah. Peak activity time around here.
Well, thank you.
-For what?
For inviting me to sit down. I can read your mind.
-Please sit down.
So, what's going on in the world?
-Well, nothing. It's all nonsense.
Then why are you reading the newspaper?
-I read the obituaries. I like to catch up on my friends.
It's a special, precious thing, letting someone help you. And you asked me. Fred, the path to life is long.
-Who said that, Gandhi? Mother Teresa of Calcutta? Rocky Balboa?
No, I said it, Fred.
Fred, would you like me to show you the path to life?
-If it makes you feel better.
Well, it's baby steps. One step after the other. One, two, three. Baby steps.
Do we have an age limit?
-Not officially. We just don't like 'em croaking on the dance floor. Tell her we're filled up.

Jul 02, 2016

Oh, Fred, you know, 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, they matter all that much, and then, one day you wake up and you realize you managed quite a bit, and so much so you can't even remember it all.
-Oh, I remember it all. Home, work. Work, home.
I don't care about technique. I mean, so-so will do.
-Excuse me. I don't do anything so-so. I never have, until now. Now I'm old, everything is so-so. I much prefer lying in bed than to waste energy obtaining results that I know will always be mediocre, and that goes for walking, talking, thinking. Every day, worse. Now, if you'll excuse me, thank you for dinner. Thank you for your help. Just going to need a
little rest now. In peace.
Only the dead rest in peace.
-Are you familiar with the living dead? Good. I am that rare case of the dead living. I seem alive, but I'm already dead.

Jul 02, 2016

I don't think you don't need anything. Everybody needs something.
A bear with angel wings. Artichoke with a tender heart. A porcupine... with the sweetness of a panda.
Then why is he in bed all day?
-I don't know. He's tired.
No, no. Something must be done, because you can't just let a man just ... him... cast himself out like that.
-Well, I tried, but you know, he's kind of stubborn.
Stubborn? Oh. That's a challenge.
-Jack...what makes you think you can call me "Dad"? I mean, you've been in the family for 15 years. Even you should have understood by now that I'm not your father.
-Well, thank God that's over.
You don't thank God. You thank me.
Why are you always lying in bed like that?
-Why are you always on your feet? Where do you go? Why bother running around in circles like that? It's pointless. I'm tired, so I'm in bed.

Jul 02, 2016

-You wouldn't, by any chance, be confusing me with some elderly, mental defective? I can look after myself very well, thank you, but I cannot have a random person in the house.
But Dad, you can't do everything alone. I'll worry.
-Now, look. Let's get one thing straight. I'll stay off your back if you stay off mine.
Fine with me. What does "stay off your back" mean to you?
-Well, it means if you want to keep working here, anything my daughter tells you to do, you don't do.
- Do you have children?
Yes. A baby girl. She lives in Pittsburgh with my sister.
-... Just enjoy her while she's still small
and hasn't picked some idiot to marry.
Well, I'm a widow, too. 27 years. And you?
-Seven months.
The first year's the most painful, but you'll get over it.
-I'm already over it. We hated each other.


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