Tuesday, 18 November 2014
My Old Lady
In 'My Old Lady' Kevin Kline travels to Paris to claim an apartment he has inherited from his father's estate only to find he is unable to sell the place because of a French law which entitles the former owner and now resident, Maggie Smith, occupancy of the home for life.
The casting suggests that the film is a comedy and whilst there is the occasional humorous moment this adaptation of a stage play is mostly a drama and I'm afraid a rather dull one at that. I did not care much for the characters and the dialogue heavy film, betraying its stage origins, is redeemed only by the glimpses of Paris; images that rarely fail to delight.
Neither Ms Smith playing a more subdued character than her roles of the past decade nor the usually reliable Kristin Scott Thomas can save this dull piece.