7 December 2015

My Old Lady

My Old Lady 2014
  • Director: Israel Horovitz
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic Pinon, Noémie Lvovsky, Stéphane De Groodt, Stéphane Freiss
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Maggie Smith – Hotel Marigold 1 and 2, Downton Abbey, the Harry Potter films, The Quartet, Becoming Jane, Keeping Mum, Ladies in Lavender, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Gosford Park, David Copperfield, Tea with Mussolini, The First Wives’ Club, Richard III, Sister Acts 1 and 2, A Room with a View, Quartet (1981), Oh What a Lovely War, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    • Kevin Kline – As You Like It, A Prairie Home Companion, Wild Wild West, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dave, The January Man, A Fish Called Wanda, Silverado, Sophie’s Choice, Hamlet, The Ice Storm, The Shakespeare Sessions
    • Kristin Scott Thomas – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Contre toi, Elle s’appelait Sarah, Nowhere Boy, The Other Boleyn Girl, Il y’a longtemps que je t’aime, Keeping Mum, Gosford Park, The English Patient, Angels and Insects, Richard III, Four Weddings and a Funeral
    • Dominic Pinon – Un long dimanche de fiancailles, Le fabulous destain d’Amélie Poulain, Alien Ressurection
  • Why? Maggie Smith
  • Seen: 28 November 2015. 

It’s one of those evenings when a Maggie Smith film is necessary for the soul. Fortunately we have a new one.
Poor Kevin Kline. To inherit a six hundred square metre apartment in Paris and Maggie Smith. Sounds good but there are complications. Maggie Smith is demanding and very strict and he has to pay her € 2400 each month for the privilege of owning the apartment (strange French system). Included in the price is being yelled at by a belligerent and angry Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith’s daughter.
Anything with these three in it would be a winner. In this complex and odd story with these three complex and odd characters – magnifique!
The story is just a little contrived and a little too feel-good at the end, but oh that acting. For that alone:

5 * of 5 

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