Mathias (Kevin Kline) is a New Yorker who has never had much in terms of wealth. However, when his father passes away he inherits a valuable Parisian apartment and immediately sets out for France in order to liquidate this asset and end his money troubles. Yet when he gets there he finds the property to be inhabited by a peculiar old woman (Maggie Smith) who refuses to leave and has more than just a bit of bad news for Mathias' plans to get rich - under French law not only does he not own the property until she dies but he must pay a fee for her to live there. But unbeknownst to Mathias, this set of circumstances may just turn out to be a blessing in disguise and a true life lesson...
Quality little quiet film with no F words i noticed!!!!!!
- My Old Lady review by NC
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You rated this film: 4
Three good actors, and an original stageplay made sound on film. Just enough outside shots to get the Paris feel confirmed.
Scott Thomas is effortless. Maggie is Maggie, and all the better for it. Kevin is pretty fair for someone from over the water. Always motivated. Still going well since Fish Called Wanda, and holds his own with top drawer cast.
Would you believe no livers exploded on set? Nobody Effed and Blinded at 10 sec intervals either. Just goes to show it can be done.
When look at all films coming, vast majority are Saw 28 and Zombie On the Horizon etc. Must be a market i suppose, or not be made...............thankfully don't know anyone that owns up to watching them................
Highly enjoyable + funny stage-play film set in Paris with class actors
- My Old Lady review by PV
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You rated this film: 4
I really enjoyed this film. It's clearly from a stage play and would thus be a bit wordy for some, but I just loved wallowing in a well-written piece of drama with great acting from experienced actors who know what they're doing. A real breath of fresh air after watching Hollywoodised trash.
Kevin Kline gets his best role for ages (especially when he starts drinking again...); Maggie Smith maintains her usual high standards with a cracker of a wicked old lady role; and Kristin Scott-Thomas also has a plum role for an older woman.
The plot hangs on a weird point of French property law where someone can buy an apartment with a sitting tenant. Not sure how true all that is, but it's a great staring point for all sorts of fun.
OK, so maybe the 3rd act strains the suspension of disbelief (and there is a horribly misjudged opera scene by the Seine) - and maybe the therapy-speak pity party US-style poor little rich kid 'mummy and daddy didn't love wickle me' shtick gets tiresome. BUT it's a film which I enjoyed thoroughly and which made me laugh out loud on several occasions.
A good 4 stars. One gripe: NO English subtitle option! Though the movie is mostly in English not subtitled French, so general viewers won't mind that. BUT very ironic that a film which would appeal to elderly viewers who may be deaf has not HOH subtitle option...
Going into this film, I did not know what to expect. I had not read or heard anything about it, and the poster gave little away. My Old Lady, while not my type of film, did have interesting characters that drove the film along. It is a Dramatic Comedy that I don’t see making too much of a splash in the industry. It was nothing new, but it did well with the basics.
The film follows Mathias Gold (played by Kevin Kline), an American from New York who has just inherited, from his father, an apartment in Paris. It is only upon arrival, that he discovers Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith). Mathilde is an elderly woman who resides in the house, and, along with her daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas), cause Gold more fuss than he could ever have expected.
I do not think anyone can deny the acting brilliance of Maggie Smith. Whether you have seen her in the Harry Potter series, or films for older audiences, she always manages to steal the show. Her co-stars - Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas - were hard-pressed in rivalling her immense talent and experience. That is not to say that they were not good, but Smith was the best. It could not have been easy to play these intricate characters, so kudos to them all.
Disappointingly, despite the good acting, the story was boring and drawn-out. I did not engage with it, and was not eager to know how it would end. The characters were the driving force, but also not entirely likeable. It was only during the latter half of the film that the story become really interesting, and if you made it this far, you most likely stayed till the end.
Being filmed in Paris, France, it is no surprise that the film had some breathtaking scenery. The house in question was also lovely, and is arguably the film’s fourth main character.
As I said before, the characters were what kept the film going. They were brilliantly created by Israel Horowitz, who managed to, as the film progressed, uncover layer upon layer of their characters. While a lot of their backstories revolved around the same issues - their relationships with their mothers or fathers - each of the main characters dealt with it in a different way.
My Old Lady has achieved impressive box office earnings, but has not faired quite as positively with critic and audience reviews. Complaints focus on the film’s slow progressing storyline, with audiences finding it difficult to maintain attention.
While this is not my type of film, it was not the worst out there, and I am sure there are those that will like it - particularly if you like films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, or The Hundred Foot Journey.
The film is probably not the best for younger audiences. It does not contain anything overly inappropriate, but it does not seem to be something that would keep them entertained. Check it out for yourself.