Movie Review – My Old Lady (2014)

My Old Lady, 2014.

Written and Directed by Israel Horovitz.

Starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon and Stéphane Freiss.


An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives in Paris riding the fumes of his last few dollars. Landing in the French capital looking to sell on a spacious apartment he has inherited, Mathias discovers Mathilde (Maggie Smith) a resident in situ and her daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas). Initial efforts to sell uncover that the apartment is in in fact a viager, a French method of real estate exchange whereby you only own a property after the current owner’s death. Mathias is therefore forced to pay Mathilde a set figure every month or lose all claims to his inheritance. These darkly comic perimeters lay the groundwork for an assured directorial debut. A subtlety drawn character

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