Subscribe

'My Old Lady' is smoothly directed and rings true emotionally (+video)

'Lady' stars Kevin Kline as a man who inherits a Parisian apartment only to discover that its tenants have no intention of leaving.

Israel Horowitz, age 75, has made his directorial debut with “My Old Lady,” adapting his 2002 play about a beaten-down, thrice-divorced 60-ish New Yorker, Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline), who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. To his dismay, the place is occupied by a tenant, a 92-year-old Englishwoman, Mathilde (Maggie Smith) and her daughter, Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas). Because of a complex French real estate system called viager, she can resist eviction and collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.

Horowitz does a smooth job of keeping the action focused without seeming stagebound – bringing the streets and lights of Paris into the picture certainly helps – and the performers make the best of their best lines. Smith is not playing the usual “Maggie Smith” role; she’s softer, not quite as imperiously forbidding as usual. The material veers a bit too predictably from near farce to serioso dramatics but the trajectory here makes emotional sense. Grade: B (Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual references.)

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK