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Take a look at this trailer here. It’s for a BBC Films production called My Old Lady and it stars Dame Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas. Kevin plays Mathias Gold, a poor New Yorker who learns that his father, from whom he has been estranged, has left him a flat in Paris in his will.
Only one problem, it has a serious infestation of the Great Theatrical Madams of Olde Englande variety:
The film is based on the play by Israel Horovitz, who also directs, and it’s clearly a film that has a lot to say about family secrets, about the strange ways in which families get past enormous problems, and about what happens to the situations people integrate around themselves when they die.
Plus, and we really can’t oversell this, Dame Maggie Smith is being snippy with a boorish Kevin Kline, and so is Kristen Scott Thomas. That’s a B.O.G.O.F. offer you can’t refuse.
My Old Lady is released in the U.S. on September 10.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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