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My Old Lady (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 November 2014 (UK)
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An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.

Director:

Israel Horovitz

Writers:

Israel Horovitz (written for the screen by), Israel Horovitz (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Mathias Gold
Michel Burstin Michel Burstin ... Rabbi on Bicycle
Elie Wajeman Elie Wajeman ... Man at Gate
Maggie Smith ... Mathilde Girard
Raphaële Moutier Raphaële Moutier ... Woman on Bicycle
Sophie Touitou Sophie Touitou ... Female Opera Singer
Dominique Pinon ... Auguste Lefebvre
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Chloé Girard
Christian Rauth Christian Rauth ... Furniture Dealer
Delphine Lanson Delphine Lanson ... Femme de Ménage
Noémie Lvovsky ... Dr. Florence Horowitz
Stéphane De Groodt ... Philippe
Jean-Christophe Allais Jean-Christophe Allais ... Jean-Christophe
Jocelyne Vignon Jocelyne Vignon ... Chef
Nathalie Bernas Nathalie Bernas ... Younger Kissing Couple
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Storyline

Mathias, a penniless fifty-odd-year-old New Yorker, lands in Paris. Both cynical and at the end of his tether, he looks forward to selling the mansion house his late father owned in the Marais district. But what he finds out there just appalls him: his secretive dad had never told him he had acquired the property as a life lease, a typically French custom he never heard of. As a consequence, not only will poor Mathias be unable to sell the house into cash (at least as long as Mathilde stays alive) but he will have to pay the old lady a pension into the bargain...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

He's in the will. She's in the way.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vieja y querida dama See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,680, 12 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,011,530, 9 January 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

MPAA certificate # 48915. See more »

Goofs

Lefebvre says he bought his boat with a viager and that he was lucky because the owner died six days later. Under French law the seller must live for at least 20 days after the contracts are signed. See more »

Quotes

Mathias Gold: I bleed for her, she bleed for me...
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the credits, Mathias reveals his final decision on what he will do with the apartment and why. Additionally, after the end credits Mathias asks LeFebvre where he learned to speak English. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 19 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Giselle, The Waltz D'Entichement
Written by Paul Mehling
Performed by the Hot Club of San Francisco
Courtesy of HCSF Records
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Slow throughout but worth a watch
25 November 2014 | by Figgy66-915-598470See all my reviews

25 November 2014 Fiona's Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - My Old Lady. I thought this was going to be a comedy, but in reality the best mildly funny scenes were all included in the trailer. Having said that, this was a very touching film about relationships and dysfunctional families and a very strange set of French Laws. In a nutshell, Mathias Gold, played by Kevin Kline, inherits an apartment in France from his late father. Spending his last dime to travel to Paris he discovers to his dismay that the apartment comes with a tenant Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) who is allowed to stay there until her death, and to compound things he has to pay rent to her. Determined to find a way to sell the apartment and make some money Mathias tries everything he can to achieve his goal. As the story progresses we meet Chloe who is Mathilde's daughter and has issues of her own. Although slow in places this charming film winds it's way through the streets of Paris much as the seine flows past Notre Dame and once again having watched a film set in France I find myself wanting to go and visit once again.


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