Wednesday, 3 December 2014

MY OLD LADY

An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.
MY OLD LADY is billed as a comedy drama. It is more drama than comedy. And what comedy there is, is dark. It starts of very pleasantly, set in Paris, and we think we're in for a lighthearted fast paced amusing story. But it's not long before it turns to some very serious themes: unresolved grief, parent-child relationships, ageing, self-esteem. The director is the author of the stage play on which it is based, and wrote the screenplay for the movie. At times, the dialogue comes across as a bit stagey and we know the actors are “acting”. But fortunately, these big name cast act well enough to make the journey ok.

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