My Old Lady

WSR Score3.5
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In My Old Lady, Mathias Gold (Kline) arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law. Unable to sell the place, Mathias moves in with the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde (Smith) and her daughter, Chloé (Thomas). But as Mathias and Chloé draw increasingly closer, Mathilde unveils a complex labyrinth of secrets that unites the two in unexpected ways. Based on the play by Israel Horovitz.

Special features include a 92nd Street NY Annette Insdorf interview with Kevin Kline and Director Israel Horovitz (HD 57:32) and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.41:1 1080p AVC anamorphic Panavision picture exhibits natural colors that are warm and rich. Much of the visuals are interiors that are dimly lit, but highlights effectively provide sufficient contrast with revealing delineation. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout, though, at times are a bit pasty in the darker scenes. Resolution reveals decent detail, especially during the brighter scenes, but generally the imagery is softly photographed. There is nothing really outstanding about the visuals, but the picture is pleasingly accurate.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is monaurally focused with the light, simple music score providing the limited surround envelopment. Accordion and clarinet dominate the light orchestral ensemble, and the fidelity is excellent. Some atmospherics are spread in stereo. Dialogue is intelligible and spatially integrated. Overall, this is a simple play-type soundtrack, which is serviceable only.