Despondent New Yorker Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) ventures to Paris with plans of liquidating the apartment inherited from his late father, but runs into an unexpected roadblock when he discovers that the flat is currently inhabited by his father's former lover, an elderly Englishwoman named Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), and her adult daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas). Realizing he's reached an impasse after learning that Mathilde can legally collect regular payments from him until her death, Mathias convinces her to enter into a tentative lodging agreement that's complicated by Chloé's suspicion over his meetings with a predatory property developer with an eye on the apartment. Later, tensions begin to subside as Mathias and Chloé find a common ground in sharing stories about their troubled childhoods, and Mathilde reveals a secret that connects the trio in ways that once seemed impossible.
Israel Horovitz - Screenwriter, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Michel Amathieu - Director of Photography
Mark Orton - Composer
Stephane Freiss - French Actor
Kevin Kline - Actor, SOPHIE'S CHOICE
Dominique Pinon - French Actor - "Delicatessen"
Kristin Scott Thomas - British actress
Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Dame Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Noemie Lvovsky - DIRECTOR\"FORGET ME"
Ghislain DeHaut DeSigy
Colombe Anouilh D'Harcourt
Pascal Marie-Saint Germain
"Kline is required to go to some pretty dark places, which he handles with delicacy..." - 09/25/2014 A.V. Club
3 stars out of 4 -- "At first a sprightly comedy in the French tradition, it later turns into a darkly atmospheric drama about intentional and unintentional damage to a son and daughter by parents only intent on their own misguided happiness." - 09/18/2014 Chicago Sun-Times