'ELSA and Fred," a disarming Spanish dramedy of late-life love, speaks a universal language. It's not hard to imagine an American version starring, say, Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara.
China Zorrilla dominates the proceedings as Elsa, a temperamental Argentine who describes herself as a widow while aggressively wooing her new neighbor, Fred (Manuel Alexandre) - much to the horror of his daughter, who wants his money to invest in an Internet cafe.
Courtly but conservative Fred, a widow for seven months, at first resists Elsa's attempts to shake up his staid existence. But he quickly yields to her life force, and he is hooked even after learning she's lied about her marital status, among many other things.
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