directed by Israel Horovitz
by Walter Chaw Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, written by Israel Horovitz based on a play by Israel Horovitz, is adorable. Just adorable. Really. It's like a great, fat, French cat, or that sneezing baby panda movie, except that it stars Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and--I've never much liked her, I'm realizing now--Kristin Scott Thomas. Kline is destitute yankee Mathias Gold, who, upon inheriting an apartment in Paris, learns that it comes with a nonagenarian accoutrement, Mathilde Girard (Smith), who seems to have the girl-French version of Mathias's name. Isn't that precious? Because he's spent every last dime to get to Paris to sell this apartment he's not able to sell because there's this just-darling old lady squatting there, My Old Lady begins to take on a minor whiff of Arsenic and Old Lace, which is also awful--er, cuddly. Lest there be any doubt as to how sweet the whole thing is, Mark Orton's saccharine score--the only thing not by Israel Horovitz, it seems--makes sure there's absolutely no room for even a tiny, niggling one.