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My Old Lady (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 November 2014 (UK)
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An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.

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Israel Horovitz

Writers:

Israel Horovitz (written for the screen by), Israel Horovitz (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Mathias Gold
Michel Burstin Michel Burstin ... Rabbi on Bicycle
Elie Wajeman Elie Wajeman ... Man at Gate
Maggie Smith ... Mathilde Girard
Raphaële Moutier Raphaële Moutier ... Woman on Bicycle
Sophie Touitou Sophie Touitou ... Female Opera Singer
Dominique Pinon ... Auguste Lefebvre
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Chloé Girard
Christian Rauth Christian Rauth ... Furniture Dealer
Delphine Lanson Delphine Lanson ... Femme de Ménage
Noémie Lvovsky ... Dr. Florence Horowitz
Stéphane De Groodt ... Philippe
Jean-Christophe Allais Jean-Christophe Allais ... Jean-Christophe
Jocelyne Vignon Jocelyne Vignon ... Chef
Nathalie Bernas Nathalie Bernas ... Younger Kissing Couple
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Storyline

Mathias, a penniless fifty-odd-year-old New Yorker, lands in Paris. Both cynical and at the end of his tether, he looks forward to selling the mansion house his late father owned in the Marais district. But what he finds out there just appalls him: his secretive dad had never told him he had acquired the property as a life lease, a typically French custom he never heard of. As a consequence, not only will poor Mathias be unable to sell the house into cash (at least as long as Mathilde stays alive) but he will have to pay the old lady a pension into the bargain...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

He's in the will. She's in the way.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vieja y querida dama See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,680, 14 September 2014

Gross USA:

$4,013,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,606,667
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Mathias claims he doesn't speak French in the movie, in reality, Kevin Kline is fluent in the language. See more »

Goofs

Lefebvre says he bought his boat with a viager and that he was lucky because the owner died six days later. Under French law the seller must live for at least 20 days after the contracts are signed. See more »

Quotes

on gravestone: If you do not love me I shall not be loved - Samuel Beckett
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the credits, Mathias reveals his final decision on what he will do with the apartment and why. Additionally, after the end credits Mathias asks LeFebvre where he learned to speak English. See more »

Connections

References Roman de gare (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Peace Like a River
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Paul Simon
Courtesy of Legacy Recordings
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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self-pity party
31 October 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives in Paris to claim his inheritance. His father left him a large apartment in the city and not much else. He is thrice divorced, failed writer and penniless. He hopes to sell the apartment quickly and leave. Instead he finds Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) living there. His father had actually bought the place as a viager. Mathilde lives in the apartment until her death and gets paid €2400 a month. She allows him to stay which infuriates her daughter Chloé Girard (Kristin Scott Thomas). François Roy needs to buy the apartment to build his hotel.

The problem is that the dangers in this movie isn't that high. It's a self-pity party and at the end of it, he becomes a multi-millionaire. I can certainly see Chloé's point of view but she was always going to be kicked out. I don't see why selling to the hotelier is such an evil act. The whole situation has no real conflict other than one ginned up by the movie.

It's not until the movie gets personal that the real drama begins. The three characters have interesting hidden conflicts. The three actors are acting the hell out of it. However it goes off down an off-putting alley. It's weirdly awkward navel gazing. I can't feel for any of the characters. The movie doesn't have any intensity for me.


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