My Old Lady

My Old Lady

Israel Horovitz (2014)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Maggie Smith capitalises on the success of TV's Downton Abbey here, playing another wealthy old dowager, Madame Girard, in a comedy drama adapted by writer/director Israel Horovitz from his own play. However, Girard's stiff upper lip conceals some loose morals, which are gradually revealed when smart-mouthed New Yorker Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) comes to take possession of her grand Parisian home. He's dismayed to find that, in accordance with an antiquated French law, he is obliged to let Girard live out her days in the property, which has been bequeathed to him by his father. So begins a series of attempts to get rid of his unwelcome tenant. Smith and Kline have excellent chemistry but, although Kristin Scott Thomas is on good form as Girard's brittle but attractive daughter, her scenes with Kline aren't as much fun. Skeletons tumble out of the closet in rather a clumsy fashion, so it's just as well that Horovitz has managed to attract a refined cast who are able to put some meat on those old bones.


A penniless New Yorker hopes to turn his fortunes around by selling his dead father's flat in Paris, only to find an eccentric elderly Englishwoman is living there - and under French law, he cannot sell until after she dies. As he gets to know his unexpected tenant, he discovers a side to his father that he never know. Comedy drama based on director Israel Horovitz's stage play, starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Cast & Crew

Mathilde Girard Maggie Smith
Mathias Gold Kevin Kline
Chloe Girard Kristin Scott Thomas
M Lefebvre Dominique Pinon
Dr Florence Horowitz Noemie Lvovsky
Francois Roy Stephane Freiss
Philippe Stephane De Groodt
Jean-Christophe Jean-Christophe Allais
Director Israel Horovitz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Nov 2014
Drama Comedy