Synopsis

Penniless New Yorker Mathias (Kevin Kline) travels to Paris to liquidate a huge apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. He is stunned to find a refined old lady named Mathilde (Maggie Smith) living there with her very protective daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas). He soon learns that under ancient French law, he will not actually gain possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies. With its unique blend of comedy, drama and, ultimately, romance, My Old Lady marks the directorial debut of internationally celebrated playwright-screenwriter Israel Horovitz and stars screen icons Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Director

Israel Horovitz
My Old Lady marks internationally acclaimed playwright-director Israel Horovitz's feature film directorial debut. Horovitz's 70-plus plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages worldwide. His screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Cannes Prix du Jury), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), New York, I Love You, James Dean and 3 Weeks After Paradise (which Horovitz wrote, directed and starred in). A two-time OBIE winner, Horovitz's additional awards include Prix Italia, Sony Radio Academy Award, Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, Christopher Award, Drama Desk Award, Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lifetime Achievement Award from B’Nai Brith, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, Massachusetts Governor’s Award and many others. Horovitz’s memoir ‘Un New-Yorkais à Paris’ (‘A New Yorker in Paris’) was recently published in France, where he is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history and was recently decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honour awarded to foreign artists. He is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage and active Artistic Director of the New York Playwrights Lab, and is co-artistic director of Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto in Italy. NYC’s Barefoot Theatre celebrated Horovitz’s 70th birthday by organizing The 70/70 Horovitz Project, a year-long event with 70 Horovitz plays having had readings and/or productions by theatres around the globe. Horovitz is the father of five children: film producer Rachael Horovitz, TV producer Matthew Horovitz, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, writer Oliver Horovitz and recent Master of Arts recipient Hannah Horovitz. He is married to Gillian Horovitz, England's former National Marathon Champion and record-holder. Best-known plays include Line, The Indian Wants the Bronx, It’s Called The Sugar Plum, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays (Alfred the Great, Our Father’s Failing, Alfred Dies, Hopscotch, The 75th, Stage Directions and Spared), The Widow’s Blind Date, The Growing Up Jewish Trilogy (Today, I Am A Fountain Pen, A Rosen by Any Other Name, and The Chopin Playoffs), Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, 6 Hotels (The Wedding Play, Speaking of Tushy, Beirut Rocks, The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers and 2nd Violin), Compromise, and The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. Recent plays include The Bump, Sins of the Mother, What Strong Fences Make, The P Word, Virtual Alex and Gloucester Blue, which is currently being performed in regional theatres around the US. The Horovitz family divides its time among homes in New York City, Gloucester, Massachusetts and London.

Cast

Kevin Kline: Mathias Gold Maggie Smith: Mathilde Girard Kristin Scott Thomas: Chloé Girard


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DVD catalogue number: CFW735DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: CFW145BD

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GENRE: Comedy, Drama

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Israel Horovitz

CAST:
Kevin Kline: Mathias Gold
Maggie Smith: Mathilde Girard
Kristin Scott Thomas: Chloé Girard
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DURATION: 107 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, UK, USA

LANGUAGES: English

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  • “Full of sharply funny twists and turns”

    Kate Muir, The Times


  • “A delight... Very, very enjoyable”

    Allan Hunter, Express

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