MY OLD LADY review

another film about a struggling author or actor, another film about suicide attempts

Kevin Kline and Dame Maggie Smith in MY OLD LADY

“It’s a family thing” … Struggling author Mathias (Kevin Kline) is broke, his last hope is the house in Paris which he inherited from his father … along with the house comes a tenant he can’t get rid of: British grammar Nazi Mathilde (Dame Maggie Smith) used to be the long time lover of his father and – who knows – might her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) be Mathias’ half sister? Too bad he fell in love with her …

MY OLD LADY was screened as a European Première at 10. Zurich Film Festival and it is somehow too long and at the same time just too short: I would like to buy the book Mathias writes in Paris. The wonderful set deco, the costumes, an excellent cast, wonderful Paris in a lead role … MY OLD LADY is a delightfully European film by screenwriter/director Israel Horovitz. There are life lessons to be had, but at a price. This comedy turns tragedy on us before doubling back to a somewhat satisfying finale.

Like SKELETON TWINS and WISH I WAS HERE this is another film about a struggling author or actor, another film about suicide attempts … maybe it’s a thing in 2014. Let’s put it like this: MY OLD LADY is a dramedy about adultery, about family and about (never) growing up, as one of the lines goes: “We‘re always waiting for our parents to come back and make it allright, but they never do.” I’ll read up on Samuel Beckett and Colbert.

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About Elisabeth Schabus (477 Articles)
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.

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