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My Old Lady (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 21 November 2014 (UK)
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An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Burstin ...
Rabbi on Bicycle
Elie Wajeman ...
Man at Gate
Raphaële Moutier ...
Woman on Bicycle
Sophie Touitou ...
Female Opera Singer
Christian Rauth ...
Furniture Dealer
Delphine Lanson ...
Femme de Ménage
Dr. Florence Horowitz
Jean-Christophe Allais ...
Jocelyne Vignon ...
Nathalie Bernas ...
Younger Kissing Couple


Mathias, a penniless fifty-odd-year-old New Yorker, lands in Paris. Both cynical and at the end of his tether, he looks forward to selling the mansion house his late father owned in the Marais district. But what he finds out there just appalls him: his secretive dad had never told him he had acquired the property as a life lease, a typically French custom he never heard of. As a consequence, not only will poor Mathias be unable to sell the house into cash (at least as long as Mathilde stays alive) but he will have to pay the old lady a pension into the bargain...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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He's in the will. She's in the way.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mi vieja y querida dama  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$124,680 (USA) (12 September 2014)


$4,011,530 (USA) (9 January 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appeared as a play by Israel Horovitz which premiered at the Gloucester Stage Co., founded by Horovitz in East Gloucester, MA. See more »


Chloé Girard: What are you doing here?
Mathias Gold: I own this apartment. And I also own Madame Girard.
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the credits, Mathias reveals his final decision on what he will do with the apartment and why. Additionally, after the end credits Mathias asks LeFebvre where he learned to speak English. See more »


Spoofs Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


I'm Not Impressed
Written by Paul Mehling
Performed by the Hot Club of San Francisco
Courtesy of HCSF Records
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User Reviews

Slow throughout but worth a watch
25 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

25 November 2014 Fiona's Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - My Old Lady. I thought this was going to be a comedy, but in reality the best mildly funny scenes were all included in the trailer. Having said that, this was a very touching film about relationships and dysfunctional families and a very strange set of French Laws. In a nutshell, Mathias Gold, played by Kevin Kline, inherits an apartment in France from his late father. Spending his last dime to travel to Paris he discovers to his dismay that the apartment comes with a tenant Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) who is allowed to stay there until her death, and to compound things he has to pay rent to her. Determined to find a way to sell the apartment and make some money Mathias tries everything he can to achieve his goal. As the story progresses we meet Chloe who is Mathilde's daughter and has issues of her own. Although slow in places this charming film winds it's way through the streets of Paris much as the seine flows past Notre Dame and once again having watched a film set in France I find myself wanting to go and visit once again.

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