My Old Lady
USA, UK, France
Drama, Romance, Comedy
IMDB rating:
Israel Horovitz
Dominique Pinon as Auguste Lefebvre
Nathalie Bernas as Younger Kissing Couple
Jean-Christophe Allais as Jean-Christophe
Christian Rauth as Furniture Dealer
Raphaële Moutier as Woman on Bicycle
Michael Burstin as Rabbi on Bicycle
Sophie Touitou as Female Opera Singer
Delphine Lanson as Femme de Ménage
Elie Wajeman as Man at Gate
Noémie Lvovsky as Dr. Florence Horowitz
Kristin Scott Thomas as Chloé Girard
Maggie Smith as Mathilde Girard
Kevin Kline as Mathias Gold
Storyline: An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.
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Main characters too old for the self-pity plot
All the whiny-baby stuff from both 'young' main characters is just silly. Its the kind of stuff you might expect from a 20 year old complaining about their bad treatment as a child, not people in their 50's and 60's. Anyone watching this movie who actually had a bad childhood, and has actually 'grown up' would be taken aback and hardly empathetic to this self-centered pity-party. Sometimes in familial relationships, some things are better left unsaid. I found that the way both 'young' characters punish the 'old' character in an effort to pry decades old unpleasant facts from her was disgusting.(I know what I'm talking about... I did have a bad childhood... and not on Park avenue.)
A Family Affair
This film is definitely NOT a comedy, it is a rather painful drama about the lasting effects of an illicit affair upon the lovers' grown children. Fortunately, the children are able to resolve some of their life-long issues through confronting the woman who allowed them to be damaged in the first place.

The story begins with Mathias, a middle-aged "loser" who has pretty much failed at life. He receives an apartment in Paris as an inheritance from his father, but much to his chagrin, the apartment is basically held in a contingency contract- the tenant, Mme. Girard, is allowed to live there until she dies. This poses a problem for Mathias, because he is short of cash and wants to sell. At first, the viewer is under the impression that Mathias is a cold-hearted cad and Mme. Girard an innocent old lady. He basically salivates at the idea of her death, while she is very tolerant of his boorish behavior. Mathias decides to stay in the apartment and Mme. Girard agrees.

Mme. Girard's daughter, Chloe, lives in the apartment as well. She and Mathias take an instant dislike of each other and she sees him as a very real threat to her home. He recognizes her as a stumbling-block to his plans, so he spies on her and finds out that she is having an affair with a married man. He tries to blackmail her with the information in order to continue living in the apartment and trying to arrange a sell.

While scrounging around for things to sell, Mathias happens upon a picture of a young Mme. Girard and his father with the words, "If you will not love me, I shall not be loved" written across it. He confronts Mme. Girard with the truth. Up to the point of the revelation, the film was merely good, but the scenes between Kline as Mathias and Smith as Girard caused the film to transcend fiction for a while, and become agonizingly real. Mme. Girard is the self-deluded woman who has refused to acknowledge the harm caused by her affair. Mathias is the broken man who never escaped the heartrending experience of being an unloved little boy. Chloe's scenes with her mother are equally excruciating. She has never completely been able to become a fulfilled woman due to her dysfunctional childhood.

The writing of the confrontational scenes is very good. The dialogue is realistic and fluctuates between withering ripostes and pitiful confessions. All of the characters become brutally honest with one another. Some of the lines are verbal lacerations, inflicting real torment upon each other. Mathias speaks about the suicide attempt of his mother with eloquence, when he tells of how he "bled for her".

The ending is probably a bit too unrealistic for some viewers, everything seems to be tied up in a nice, big bow. Mathias is able to forgive his father (but he utters at the resting spot of his father's ashes, "On a scale of 1 to 100, you went to a 3." A nice touch of reality, there). Chloe has forgiven her mother for ruining her life, and the two potential siblings have found love with each other (and are NOT siblings, after all).

I think Kline, Thomas, and Smith do a superb job of acting, their characters are quite genuine and feel like real people. The writing is top-notch, and Paris is beautiful. The film is based on a play, so it is very dialogue heavy and may be too "wordy" for some viewers who prefer more action.

I highly recommend it to anyone interested in films about relationships.
Too much talk-talk
Nice cinematography, Paris is a great setting, but a bad movie.

The McGuffin is that a dead broke and useless Kline has inherited an interest from his father in a Paris Condo. Dad's mistress still lives there with her daughter who may or may not be his half sister. Entirely predictable complications ensue.

The plot could and should have been done in an hour. Way too much dialog, not enough actually happens.

There were some completely contrived scenes. The worst was where Kline, playing the son of a mother dead by suicide, shoots a stuffed boar's head in his bedroom. Then the other characters pretend to think that maybe he too has shot himself. Oh well, it was the only remotely exciting scene in the whole thing.

Summary: Predictable, boring.
Only in France.
New Yorker Matthias arrives in Paris to inherit a valuable apartment, and having money worries he thought it would be a quick fix to his problems. The trouble is he also inherited a tenant and her daughter, Mathilde and Chloe. The trouble is under French law, he's legally obliged to let her live there and pay her a pension, en viager. Any attempt to evict her or sell the property would result in legal action.

This is a beautiful film, it's funny, poignant, moving, and at times frustrating when you consider things from the point of​ view of Matthias. The three leads are fantastic, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and of course the show stealing Maggie Smith. Matthias ends up in some fairly dark places throughout the film, Kline does a great job of convincing the viewer that Matthias has had a tough life. Some of the laughs are brilliant.

Beautiful scenery, Paris is a glorious City, and if you've been you can't help but be in love with what you see. It's a magical place, and I think the film manages to show that.

Some may find it slow, but if you enjoy a character study, you'll love this one 8/10
Wonderful, funny, poignant, beautiful
A truly terrific film, with great acting from Kline, Smith and Scott Thomas. It tugs at the heartstrings many times as Kline's character's past is revealed in conversations both sharp and gentle with his new French connections. The three main characters are rounded and deep and sympathetic, even when you know they're wrong. Plus there are some really funny moments and a wonderful ending.
My Old Lady is a Treasure...
I went to see this movie as I am a huge fan of Maggie Smith & she is delightful in the film. However the true star of the film is Kevin Kline. I thought that his performance was one of his best ever in a movie. Also wonderful in this film is Kristin Scott Thomas. Her performance is subtle & moving. And the fact that it is filmed in Paris is just a wonderful bonus. I found the storyline to be complex & makes one think of life's choices made along the way. I realize that this Israel Horowitz's first directorial film & I give him high marks for that reason. It is based on a play that he wrote & he also did the screenplay. He is in his early seventies. What a treat!!!
A turkey
Sadly, this film is a turkey, which even Maggie Smith hasn't been able to save, which is saying something.

The storyline is good, the scenery gorgeous, but the script, the score and Kevin Kline let it down completely.

It is the cheesiest portrayal of Paris I have ever seen, smothered with cliché accordion music throughout.

Kevin Kline, who I loved in "A fish called Wanda" is miscast here. His acting of an emotionally damaged person is ruined by his hamming up and his apposite humour.

Kristin Scott Thomas does her best, which does well, but her character is not totally believable.

Maggie Smith is great, as usual, although I don't think she is a credible French woman (far too English).

Best avoided, unless you are in a need of a filler.
Paris already enough for me
I used to be a "Parisian" well really only by birth; but I carry a lot of love about France and Paris. I also have a lot of feelings for Maggy Smith that has been rather omnipresent recently in cinemas. As for Kevin kline I always kept a vivid and enjoyable memory from "A fish call wanda". So I was rather comfortable in giving a go to "My old Lady" although I did not particularly like the tittle. I was not disappointed even if I felt a little boredom in the first half. And if one likes film for entertainment, in my view these should entertain as it entertained me. I did not feel like analysing the whole work too much as this is not why I watch films. For me it's important to leave the cinema with a rewarding feeling, whether I find the film intelligent, funny, or well paced as long it brings me something I feel worthwhile I'm happy. So I got a free trip back to Paris, laughters, and also something to think about! Four of us on the occasion had a good time!
Gave up halfway through
The hero, played by Kevin Kline, appears to be an immature 57 year old obsessed with money. He has inherited an apartment in Paris but can't convert it to cash because an elderly lady, played by Maggie Smith, has a lifetime lease.

Spouse and I agreed that the script was poor and the hero thoroughly unlikable. I was ready to stop watching when he grabbed money from another man's wallet. The clincher was his righteous moralizing to a woman (the old lady's daughter) who was having an affair with a married man.

Was hoping for something with the kind of witty sparkle that Maggie Smith provides in her Downton Abbey role. Instead, just a flat story with little going for it but the beautiful Paris setting.
At first it's superficial, and then, quite unexpectedly, very dark
If you have an interest in really great singers - Caruso, Gigli, McCormack, Tauber, etc. - you know that a really great singer can make you believe even a piece of fluff is good music - until you hear it sung later by just an average singer.

I was reminded of that near the end of this movie, when Kevin Kline sings the duet Là, ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni with a woman he sees along the banks of the Seine River. The three leads in this movie are all first-rate actors, and they give fine performances again here.

But this script is a mess.

The first half is throw-away fluff, vaguely cute but very weak. You can guess that there must have been something between the elderly French woman who lives in the apartment (Smith) and Kline's father, and so you wait for that to be revealed.

But with it, out of the blue, comes all this anger on the part of the two children, Kline and Thomas. "Where did this come from?" you ask. Were we given any inkling this was in the works? And then the anger subsides and the movie is over.

I saw in the final credits that this started as a stage play. I wonder if the play was any better? The first half of this script goes nowhere. And then, when it suddenly gets dramatic, we're not prepared for it.

I give it three points out of ten, one for each of the fine actors who make dross look like gold while they perform the lines - but it remains dross nonetheless.