544. My Old Lady

544-my-old-ladyBackground info

Title: My Old Lady
Director: Israel Horovitz
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 47m

“An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.”

Live blog

2:56 – Just realised Kevin Kline is also in French Kiss. But in that he is being French.
6:44 – Beautiful bay view window with a piano, in France. That’s heaven, isn’t it?
11:34 – You can’t ask a lady how old she is!
12:59 – Loving their no filter conversation. Just ask anything!
16:06 – How do you get Jim from Matthias, I’m wondering?
18:29 – “Lunch is not a meal that interests me.” I’m not on board with this woman.
20:51 – “Vous parlez to me?”
28:23 – I like the idea of a provisional friendship.
31:07 – “If I allow people to help, they don’t help at all.”
44:43 – This situation is so bizarre.
45:43 – La Grosse Pomme.
50:02 – “Just when you think things are really bad, they get terrible.”
52:56 – That is some pretty epic falling off the wagon.
1:04:48 – Oh bless, she did say that about the Seine.
1:08:56 – Always lots of wine hanging about a French house. Not good for the alcoholic.
1:13:11 – ”Vive la French people!”
1:22:52 – Thought it was incidental music, he was actually playing it.
1:26:13 – No, she is incredibly beautiful.
1:32:58 – “That’s sweet. Insane, but sweet.”
1:39:17 – I’m not a fan of spontaneous opera.

Conclusions

Having just recently watched another film set in France, I think we expected this to continue along the same feel-good lines. To start with it did, the American finding his feet in Paris as he deals with this unexpected inheritance and living arrangement.

Gradually, it all starts to unravel, though, and things get very dark along the way. Emotions run high, late night drunken conversations delve into the depths of unhappy childhoods and more.

It was good, and there were some lighter moments to offset the dark. I enjoyed the occasional burst of French and seeing how much I could understand. But I think the trailer sells a different film to what you get, and it might not be one I’d have picked if I’d known ahead of time.

Rating: 3/5.

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