6 items from 2014
My Old Lady, 2014.
Written and Directed by Israel Horovitz.
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 »
- Gary Collinson
Oxi, An Act of Resistance, 2014.
Directed by Ken McMullen.
A documentary essay linking classical Greek texts with the financial crisis in that same country over two and a half millenia later.
Oxi, An Act of Resistnace. That’s a nice subtitle. It sounds like that really well received documentary that was released last year, An Act of Killing. That was conventionally groundbreaking, making war criminals restage the acts that defined them.
But it’s an ambigious title. From the name alone, it’s difficult to know what you’re in for. After watching the film, you’d be little wiser. Frustrated, maybe, with a collection of mildly interesting quotations from Classical Greece, but not genuinely wiser.
- Oliver Davis
The upcoming weekend boasts an onslaught of new Specialty titles vying for audiences. In all likelihood, however, many will have a short big screen life as the fall’s awards contenders ramp up and crowd others out. Five of this week’s dozen-plus newcomers are spotlighted here with Fox Searchlight’s The Drop edging on a wide release. The feature starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini will bow in over 800 theaters. TWC’s The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby also joins the fray with a platform release. The film also has two accompanying titles told from the perspective of its two main characters, which will be released in more limited runs in October. Magnolia will open its thriller Honeymoon in a day and date release while Dada Films’ Swearnet: The Movie breaks a movie record with the most F-bombs ever. And Cohen Media Group’s My Old Lady bowed Wednesday in limited release. »
- Brian Brooks
Starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, My Old Lady is already my favorite film of the year. Based on the play by Israel Horovitz, who also adapted and directed for the screen, this charming “dramedy” hits the mark at every turn.
Kline plays Mathias Gold, a down on his luck New Yorker and recovering alcoholic who has inherited an enormous Paris apartment from his estranged father. Thinking he can quickly flip the valuable property for a fast buck, he shows up to find 90-year old tenant Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) living there with her adult daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas).
Mathias soon learns from local real estate agent Monsieur Lefebvre (played perfectly by scene stealing French character actor Dominique Pinon) that the deal is a “viager” – a uniquely French system whereby the buyer doesn’t take legal possession of the property until the seller dies (one of »
- Melissa Thompson
Veteran Pinon is known to international audiences for roles in such classics as Diva, Amelie From Montmartre and Delicatessen, while 26 year-old Bikovic appeared in the football films Montevideo - God Bless You! and its sequel as well as Nikita Mikhalkov’s forthcoming Bunin adaptation, Sunstroke.
The sequel by Art Pictures Studio and Kinoslovo is headlined again by Danila Kozlovsky, known popularly as ¨Russia’s answer to Brad Pitt¨ who has recently broken into the international film scene with his role in Vampire Academy.
Kozlovsky reprises his role as top manager Max Andreev who has left the hustle and bustle of Moscow behind for the quiet life on the Indonesian island of Bali until events back home lead him to head for Russia.
Seen by many »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Upon receiving the news that he has won an award from the Smithsonian Institute, the ten-year-old Ts Spivet leaves his family home on an adventure to collect his prize.
Whenever I watch a Jean-Pierre Jeunet picture, the feelings that it invokes are always the same. There is fascination and wonder, not disimilar to the feelings of open-mouthed awe at everything from the eyes of a blind man seeing for the first time. It might not actually be that revolutionary, but dressed up just right, it is still a previously unwitnessed treat. Like the eponymous Ts Spivet, you could also liken it to the inquisitve nature of a curious and innocently optimistic child, not knowing what’s coming but anticipating the nervous excitement of its arrival, »
- Steve Leadbetter
6 items from 2014
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