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My Old Lady (film)

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Director  Israel Horovitz
Screenplay  Israel Horovitz
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Initial DVD release  January 27, 2015 (USA)
Country  United Kingdom United States France
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Release date  September 2014 (2014-09) (TIFF) 10 September 2014 (2014-09-10) (US) 21 November 2014 (2014-11-21) (UK)
Writer  Israel Horovitz (written for the screen by), Israel Horovitz (play)
Cast  Maggie Smith (Mathilde Girard), Kevin Kline (Mathias Gold), Kristin Scott Thomas (Chloé Girard), Dominique Pinon (Monsieur Lefebvre), Michael Burstin (Rabbi on Bicycle), Elie Wajeman (Man at Gate)
Similar movies  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Inglourious Basterds, The Loft, Blackhat, The Fault in Our Stars, The Shining
Tagline  He's in the will. She's in the way.

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My Old Lady is a British–French–American comedy-drama film written and directed by Israel Horovitz in his feature directorial debut. He had previously directed 3 Weeks After Paradise, a 51-minute testimonial from 2002 about his family's experiences following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center. The film stars Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Dominique Pinon. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.


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Mathias, a down-and-out New Yorker, travels to Paris to sell a large, valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. Once there, however, he discovers an old woman, Mathilde, living in the apartment with her daughter Chloé.

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Mathias quickly learns that the apartment is a "viager" — an ancient French system for buying and selling apartments — and that he will not actually be in possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies and that until then he owes her a life annuity of €2,400 a month. All this is a surprise to him since his father never told him and Mathias had language problems with the French lawyer.

Mathias has no money and no place to live, but Mathilde allows him to stay in the apartment with her if he pays rent. However, to pay for the next life annuity payment, he steals and sells furniture from the apartment and asks a prospective buyer of his contract for an advance payment.

Mathias discovers that Mathilde and his father had a long-lasting affair while both were married. Mathias and Chloé fall in love with each other after emotionally bonding over their childhood. Since Chloé wants to stay in the apartment, Mathias decides at the last minute to decline a multi-million Euro offer for the apartment/contract. Mathilde points out that Mathias does not have to worry about money: he can sell en viager, allowing him to live in the apartment while also providing him a life annuity, albeit a modest one because of his relatively young age of 57.


  • Kevin Kline as Mathias "Jim" Gold
  • Kristin Scott Thomas as Chloé Girard
  • Maggie Smith as Mathilde Girard
  • Stéphane Freiss as François Roy
  • Dominique Pinon as Monsieur Lefebvre
  • Stéphane De Groodt as Philippe
  • Production

    My Old Lady is a British–French–American film production venture between BBC Films, Cohen Media Group, and Deux Chevaux Films. The film is produced by Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball), Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle), Nitsa Benchetrit and David Barrot. Film production began filming on location in Paris and its surrounding suburbs on September 26, 2013.


    My Old Lady received mixed to positive reviews, garnering a 60% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 74 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Although My Old Lady doesn't quite live up to its stars' talents, Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith carry the film capably whenever they're together onscreen." On Metacritic, the film has a 53/100 rating based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".


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