Saturday, May 30, 2015

My Old Lady, a film

We watched this film last night, not sure why it is labeled as a comedy, the subject matter is pretty involved.  Possibly, because Kevin Kline is generally considered a "comic"

Set in current day Paris.

Mathias Gold (Kevin) inherits an apartment (MORE like a palace when you consider the size of the place) from his estranged father, only trouble is that with the apartment, he also inherits Mathilde (Maggie Smith) and her daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas), who according to "ancient" French real estate laws, are not required to vacate the premises until Mathilde passes away. All Mathias wants to do is sell the place - he is after all BROKE!

Things are not always what they seem, and Mathias learns that his father and Mathilde had been lovers some 40 years ago, and is it possible that Chloe is his half sister?

Layers of hurt, anger and distrust are peeled away gradually, until we see each character for who they really are.

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