Revised Edition, 2015 When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. Handsomely mounted across some well-chosen Parisian locations, and featuring effortlessly professional performances from , and , this often clunky Ibsen-lite drama could be a respectable arthouse earner, especially among older auds, though its translation from stage to screen looks to have been a bit rocky, and the film never manages to transcend its actors-workshop aura and develop into something deeper. Later, tensions begin to subside as Mathias and Chloé find a common ground in sharing stories about their troubled childhoods, and Mathilde reveals a secret that connects the trio in ways that once seemed impossible. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady's out-spoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his unmourned father affect all in this poignant play with strong roles for all three actors. People who complain about the absence of genuine adult drama from cinema screens have an opportunity to put their monies where their mouths are here. Horovitz, principally a and , and whose plays have been translated and performed in more than 30 languages worldwide, had previously directed only one film, 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.
On the other hand, Smith has ever seemed capable of vaulting such performing challenges in her sleep, and she does so here. By extension, the audience members are supposed to glean insights from the play about their own lives, including the society in which they live. Camera color , Michel Amathieu; editors, Stephanie Ahn, Jacob Craycroft; music, Mark Orton; production designer, Pierre-Francois Limbosch; costume designer, Jacqueline Bouchard; sound, Jean-Paul Mugel; supervising sound editor, Mariusz Glabinski; re-recording mixer, Martin Czembor. Mathilde married a Frenchman who was into big game hunting, so some of the back rooms in the apartment, including the bedroom Matthias is given, still have some stuffed animal heads. His plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide.
Advertisement The storyline hinges on a peculiarity of French real estate sales. The more is pretty deep stuff, deftly handled by superb writing A wonderful movie for grown-ups. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. One week: from Monday morning until the following Sunday morning. Thus, although the ending is somewhat positive, the dramatic parts leading up to that ending are sometimes unpleasant and have too many moral, dramatic problems. Produced by Rachael Horovitz, Gary Foster, Nitsa Benchetrit, David C. Its transition to screen means the story can reach a wider audience than it could with theatre, but the question remains whether it was a story worth telling on-screen in the first place.
The film was released in 2014, and stars , , , and. Toronto Film Review: 'My Old Lady' Reviewed at Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, Aug. In effect, the law is so crazy that, the quicker the tenant dies, the more return the investor gets on his money! The more is pretty deep stuff, deftly handled by superb writing and acting. The author of more than 70 plays, the 75-year-old Horovitz exhibits a tasteful stateliness in his maiden voyage behind the camera, latching onto an agreeable rhythm that nonetheless lacks much of a spark. With: Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon, Noemie Lvovsky, Stephane Freiss. At the age of 75, he directed an adaptation of his pl Famed playwright Israel Horovitz has written more than 70 produced plays, which have been translated in more than 30 languages worldwide.
And because the cast is topped by , , and Kristen Scott-Thomas, the acting is no problem. He also gives you the moral of, whatever you do in life it has a consequence and it may not be a good one. Great acting, which is no surprise being that the primary actors are oscar winners or oscar nominated. The major change in tone occurs quite quickly and unexpectedly, inviting the audience to take sympathy with these characters. With: Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon, Noemie Lvovsky, Stephane Freiss. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment.
A 57-year-old American man coming to take a look at the nice Parisian apartment he inherited from his father. In that tradition, terrible secrets are revealed about a character or group of characters that changes the way they look at one another, their past and their lives. You see, Mathias desperately needs the money he could get from the sale of the apartment, but, under the law, Mathilde can stay in the apartment until she dies. Hoping to sell the apartment for a large sum of money, Mathias is stunned to discover a 90-year-old woman, Mathilde Girard Maggie Smith , living there. However, to pay for the next life annuity payment, he steals and sells furniture from the apartment and also asks a prospective buyer of his contract for advance payments.
Full disclosure: I work for the company that published this book, though I wasn't editor. Perry Cox, and the caring but slightly jaded nurse Carla Espinosa. Statistically speaking, one of the three is going to die. The three interns are each assigned patients with various illnesses. Eventually, the movie becomes a bit overwrought, with too many moral problems, including a couple strange references to incest.
However, things turn extremely serious when these three characters reveal some tragic details about their pasts. The E-mail message field is required. In Toronto Film Festival — Special Presentations. Even though the film gets a little darker, it does only slip into a bittersweet melancholy and doesn't go so dark that people will turn off and the director does the change so subtly, within the story, you barely notice the change; it's so natural. Could have been a sad story, but kindness between strangers makes it a triumphant story. The small gem treats some big issues without ever becoming loud or maudlin. I really enjoyed this book! Cohen, Daniel Battsek, Mike Goodridge, Israel Horovitz, Raphael Benoliel, Russ Krasnoff.
That said, the suggestion has been made, that adult incest between a sister and a brother is not always a bad idea! Guerrero only speaks Spanish and might have lupus. The film is produced by Moneyball , Gary Foster Sleepless in Seattle , Nitsa Benchetrit and David Barrot. He discusses what inspired him to consider adapting the play in the first place, and his diligent efforts to distill the written language of the play into the visual language of film. The secrets that Mathilde unveils about her past exacerbate his alcoholism, and Mathias goes off the wagon. He does well to open up the play with jaunts around Paris, however, and production designer Pierre-Francois Limbosch furnishes the central apartment with just the right degree of clutter and disrepair. Dorian as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients - where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.
It's a very interesting, thought-provoking read. Now he shares tips and techniques on adapting plays for the screen. Though in recovery, Matthias still is suffering the consequences of that problem, which also stems in part from his difficult relationship with his father. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the. Tanner, who is in renal failure. Mathias and Chloé fall in love with each other after emotionally bonding over their childhoods.