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Last Love (2013)

Mr. Morgan's Last Love (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 November 2013 (USA)
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He's a widower in Paris who speaks no French. She's a dance instructor less than half his age. Can they become a family, or will his estranged adult children halt the friendship?

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Sandra Nettelbeck

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Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay), Françoise Dorner (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Matthew Morgan
Michelle Goddet Michelle Goddet ... Madame Dune (as Michèle Goddet)
Jane Alexander ... Joan Morgan
Serge Hollogne Serge Hollogne ... Funeral Home Man #1 (as Serge Hologne)
Fred Fuchs Fred Fuchs ... Funeral Home Man #2
Yohan Guignard Yohan Guignard ... Policeman #1
Dieter Rupp ... Policeman #2
Gillian Anderson ... Karen Morgan
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Sandwich Salesgirl #1
Alix Poisson Alix Poisson ... Sandwich Salesgirl #2
Clémence Poésy ... Pauline Laubie
Louis-Julien Petit Louis-Julien Petit ... Sleeping Student on Bus (as Julien Petit)
Thierry Angelvy Thierry Angelvy ... Rude Passenger
Justin Kirk ... Miles Morgan
Deshaun Strong Deshaun Strong ... Kyle Morgan (voice)
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Storyline

Matthew Morgan is a retired American professor in his eighties, a widower. He lives in Paris and speaks no French. Since his wife's death, he's marking time. His curiosity is piqued when he meets Pauline Laubie, half his age, a dance instructor. She's also a solitary person, but wants the connection of family. She believes she's found that in Matthew, and she attends to him during a hospitalization. When his two adult children arrive from the U.S. to check on their father, they are certain Pauline is a gold digger, and she's confounded by the distance between father and children. The daughter heads home, the son remains. Is there any way that Pauline fits in? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's never too late to love life again.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Germany | Belgium | USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Parc Monceau, Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

$8,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,967,122
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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The line spoken by Sir Michael Caine, which is a constant theme in the movie, "There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in", is lyrics from the Leonard Cohen song "Anthem". See more »

Quotes

Madame Léry: Will you order maybe in French, have some practice?
Matthew Morgan: Not if you're hungry.
[chuckles]
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Walking Back to my Baby
Performed by Paul Ansell
Words and Music by Paul Ansell
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Very intelligent and and sincere until it becomes stupid and manipulative
20 June 2014 | by stills-6See all my reviews

What starts as a very intelligent, well-acted movie about the nature of relationships and the need for connection, turns dramatically and disappointingly into a sentimental mushpile of a soap opera, and then gets worse. Extremely well-acted up to a point, the characters are fleshed out as real people and you can for the most part understand and empathize with them. Michael Caine's weird attempt at an American accent doesn't quite undermine his characterization of the professor, but it is distracting and sounds too false. He did a pretty OK American accent in Cider House Rules, but nowhere else.

I was very impressed by most of this movie, including the pretty scenery, and the nicely conceived and rounded characters. About 2/3 of the way through however, it goes off the rails. Another reviewer described this movie as having sincerity, and I would agree with that up to a point. There are few false notes in the script, but when they happen they are real clunkers that drag the movie down like an anchor. This may be because the rest of the movie is so sincere and real that the false notes feel just that more false, but I don't think that's quite it.

There is a very soap opera moment at around the 3/4 point which not only feels contrived, but which pulls the story in a really unsatisfying direction. While it's headed in this disastrous direction it's actually succeeding in giving the characters life in a meaningful and sincere way, but then another ridiculous plot device drives it further into the ground. And then another. And another.

And the ending is just stupid. Unwatchably preposterously stupid. Given what we know these characters have gone through, and how much they've grown as human beings, it's outside the realm of believability and is antithetical to the story, erasing the purpose of the movie and voiding its intelligence with a single swipe. Worse, the movie wants you to view the ending as having the sort of lofty nobility that would cause you to leap out of your seat and applaud, which I find personally disgusting. Would that I had leaped out of my seat earlier and left. If that particular ending was in the original source material, then so much the worse for the source material because as portrayed it didn't do the movie any favors.


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