My Old Lady (film)

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My Old Lady
My Old Lady - US Theatrical Poster.jpg
US theatrical poster
Directed by Israel Horovitz
Produced by Rachael Horovitz
Gary Foster
Nitsa Benchetrit
David C. Barrot
co-producer
David Atrakchi
Gael Cabouat
Boris Mendza
Written by Israel Horovitz
Starring Kevin Kline
Kristin Scott Thomas
Maggie Smith
Stéphane Freiss
Dominique Pinon
Music by Mark Orton
Cinematography Michel Amathieu
Edited by Jacob Craycroft
Stephanie Ahn
Production
company
Cohen Media Group
BBC Films
Distributed by United Kingdom:
Curzon Film World
United States:
Cohen Media Group
Release date
  • September 2014 (2014-09) (TIFF)
  • 10 September 2014 (2014-09-10) (US)
  • 21 November 2014 (2014-11-21) (UK)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
United States
France
Language English, French
Box office $8,651,792[2]

My Old Lady is a British–French–American comedy-drama film written and directed by Israel Horovitz in his feature directorial debut.[3] He had previously directed 3 Weeks After Paradise, a 51-minute testimonial from 2002 about his family's experiences following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center. The film stars Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Dominique Pinon.[4] It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

Plot[edit]

Mathias, a down-and-out New Yorker, travels to Paris to sell a large, valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. Once there, however, he discovers an old woman, Mathilde, living in the apartment with her daughter Chloé.

Mathias quickly learns that the apartment is a "viager" — an ancient French system for buying and selling apartments — and that he will not actually be in possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies and that until then he owes her a life annuity of €2,400 a month. All this is a surprise to him since his father never told him and Mathias had language problems with the French lawyer.

Mathias has no money and no place to live, but Mathilde allows him to stay in the apartment with her if he pays rent. However, to pay for the next life annuity payment, he steals and sells furniture from the apartment and asks a prospective buyer of his contract for an advance payment.

Mathias discovers that Mathilde and his father had a long-lasting affair while both were married. Mathias and Chloé fall in love with each other after emotionally bonding over their childhood. Since Chloé wants to stay in the apartment, Mathias decides at the last minute to decline a multi-million Euro offer for the apartment/contract. Mathilde points out that Mathias does not have to worry about money: he can sell en viager, allowing him to live in the apartment while also providing him a life annuity, albeit a modest one because of his relatively young age of 57.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

My Old Lady is a British–French–American film production venture between BBC Films, Cohen Media Group, and Deux Chevaux Films.[10] The film is produced by Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball), Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle), Nitsa Benchetrit and David Barrot. Film production began filming on location in Paris and its surrounding suburbs on September 26, 2013.[11]

Reception[edit]

My Old Lady received mixed to positive reviews, garnering a 60% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 74 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Although My Old Lady doesn't quite live up to its stars' talents, Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith carry the film capably whenever they're together onscreen."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a 53/100 rating based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MY OLD LADY (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "My Old Lady". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maggie Smith to lead first-time director's Paris film". Daily Express. London. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Kemp, Stuart (7 May 2013). "Cannes: Maggie Smith to Star in Israel Horovitz's 'My Old Lady'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Punter, Jennie (22 July 2014). "Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer,' Kate Winslet's 'A Little Chaos'". Variety. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Lattanzio, Ryan (7 May 2013). "Casting Watch: Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline Head to Paris for 'My Old Lady'". Indiewire. Thompson on Hollywood (blog). Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Dickey, Josh (7 September 2013). "Toronto: Kristin Scott Thomas joins 'My Old Lady'; Cohen Media Group acquires North American rights". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Barraclough, Leo (7 May 2013). "Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline to Star in 'Old Lady'". Variety. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (9 September 2013). "'My Old Lady' Sells To Slew of International Territories". Variety. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  10. ^ http://film.britishcouncil.org/my-old-lady
  11. ^ https://variety.com/2013/film/news/toronto-kristin-scott-thomas-on-board-my-old-lady-opposite-kevin-kline-1200601551/
  12. ^ "My Old Lady". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "My Old Lady Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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