My Old Lady
Directed by Israel Horovitz
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he's shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager - an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale - and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.
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★★★★ review by jomarch on Letterboxd
La he empezado a ver pensando en una comedia al uso pero no, tragicomedia mas bien. El agumento un poco forzado pero la he disfrutado, es un duelo de titanes, Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith y Kristin Scott Thomas, no se puede pedir mas, magníficos, ademas un poco de casas flotantes de París , Le pont des Arts , La trasera de Les bouquinistes... en fin un placer. No dejar de ver titulos de créditos hasta el final, final, como siempre debe hacerse, por otra parte... tiene una buena lección.
★★★★ review by Matthew Rice on Letterboxd
Kevin Kline: One of the worlds best actors who seems oddly underrated by the industry (or perhaps more accurately - he's ignored). This film lives and dies on his performance as he's virtually in every scene and thankfully he's ridiculously good; comically dark and utterly believable as a man who never fully grew past his fathers indifference towards him and his mothers suffering (sounds dull right? It's really not). The ending is fairly predictable and the film never really shrugs off it's stage origins but that's all by the by because the script is on point and Kevin Kline puts on the shine.
★★★★ review by Christie on Letterboxd
This movie was definitely not what I was expecting. Very emotional and a very frustrating story. Kline gave a ultimate performance by playing a, not only heart wrenching forgotten son but also a derelict serve self jerk. Excellent acting in his part. But with all that said, the characters were not likable and the story is emotionally exhausting to see. I would say this film is in the dark drama genre but definitely not for everyone.
★★★½ review by Jason on Letterboxd
This is pretty predictable and nothing really new, but when a film features the likes of Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, it's hard to dislike. All three are just so good, and Kline is super likeable, even in his selfish gruffness. Plus the Parisian setting! That bumps it up as well.
★★★★½ review by FilmLandEmpire on Letterboxd
As part of the recent and unofficial OAP MCU, this should have been a hit, however it sank without trace after its LFF presentation.
It is a real shame and the film is completely missold by its silly, happy poster. I expected a blue rinse brigade comedy, not depression, family angst, suicides and alcoholism, with shades of Ibsen.
The inter-generational conflict is interesting as the baby boomers generation is arguably the one that had it easy over everybody else before and after them, yet here they are the ones who suffer from the crushing weights of their parents.
Maggie Smith is just brilliant in this, with a character that has a lot more depth than it first appears
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