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Last Love (2013)

Mr. Morgan's Last Love (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 November 2013 (USA)
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He's a widower in Paris who speaks no French. She's a dance instructor less than half his age. Can they become a family, or will his estranged adult children halt the friendship?

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Sandra Nettelbeck

Writers:

Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay), Françoise Dorner (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Matthew Morgan
Michelle Goddet Michelle Goddet ... Madame Dune (as Michèle Goddet)
Jane Alexander ... Joan Morgan
Serge Hollogne Serge Hollogne ... Funeral Home Man #1 (as Serge Hologne)
Fred Fuchs Fred Fuchs ... Funeral Home Man #2
Yohan Guignard Yohan Guignard ... Policeman #1
Dieter Rupp ... Policeman #2
Gillian Anderson ... Karen Morgan
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Sandwich Salesgirl #1
Alix Poisson Alix Poisson ... Sandwich Salesgirl #2
Clémence Poésy ... Pauline Laubie
Louis-Julien Petit Louis-Julien Petit ... Sleeping Student on Bus (as Julien Petit)
Thierry Angelvy Thierry Angelvy ... Rude Passenger
Justin Kirk ... Miles Morgan
Deshaun Strong Deshaun Strong ... Kyle Morgan (voice)
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Matthew Morgan is a retired American professor in his eighties, a widower. He lives in Paris and speaks no French. Since his wife's death, he's marking time. His curiosity is piqued when he meets Pauline Laubie, half his age, a dance instructor. She's also a solitary person, but wants the connection of family. She believes she's found that in Matthew, and she attends to him during a hospitalization. When his two adult children arrive from the U.S. to check on their father, they are certain Pauline is a gold digger, and she's confounded by the distance between father and children. The daughter heads home, the son remains. Is there any way that Pauline fits in? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's never too late to love life again.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

When you see the pictures in Sir Michael Caine's apartment, you also see a framed Batman logo, Caine played Alfred in The Dark Knight trilogy, and Hans Zimmer also does the movie score for this movie, as well as the aforementioned trilogy. See more »

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Michael Caine's American accent comes and goes. See more »

Quotes

Miles Morgan: I did not need a teacher, I needed a father.
Matthew Morgan: You know, you're gonna have to stop blaming me for everything that goes wrong in your life. All I ever wanted for you was to go out in the world and chase your dreams. Find adventure, fall in love, take risks. That's all I wanted for you.
Miles Morgan: Why didn't you ever tell me that?
Matthew Morgan: Because I didn't think I had to.
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La Rue Amelot
Composed and Produced by Guillaume Roussel
by Remote Control Tunes
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So sincere and well acted it rises above a good but uneven script...see it
30 May 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Last Love (2013)

This is such a poignant and well meant movie it's hard to not like it and its intentions. What it fails to do is "rise above." It is a heartfelt look at finding meaning at the end—and the beginning—of life in Paris, and yet it remains somewhat prosaic, missing a beat now and then. I loved it at times, but only very much liked it by the end.

I love without reservation "Mostly Martha," the most successful movie by the director, Sandra Nettlebeck. In that one, she makes her understanding of being German, and its limitations, an important part of the movie. Here we are in France, in a plot based on a French novel, with a British actor playing an American and a young French woman. Michael Caine is nor ordinary actor and he's actually wonderful here. And indeed the young woman who plays his muse, in a way (the woman who creates the "crack" in his world that is the key to the movie), is also very good, if common (played by Clemence Poesy—she appears in a couple Harry Potter movies).

What succeeds beyond these very good performances is the idea of a man near his last days in Paris, after the death of his wife, and a young woman who befriends him out of some unexplained loneliness. What they form is an odd but believable friendship. Their family and other friends do not understand or approve, but it makes sense to them, even when it's awkward. It's a kind of brave and interesting subject.

What it lacks is exactly the right feel and touch, the sense of trueness to spirit and character that people might actually have. There are moments that are just great, a rebellion or a quiet look, and then there are moments where the characters act, well, out of character. A hair.

If this seems like picking on nuances you have to understand that the movie is about such emotional and psychological nuances. It sets its own bar high, and so suffers from that. Sometimes.

See it? Yes. I liked it wholly. But see also "Mostly Martha" for a similar sense of finding what matters, of pan-European feelings, of crossing normal boundaries with romantic flair.


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1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,967,122
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