Down-and-out New Yorker Mathias (Kevin Kline) journeys to Paris after learning that he's inherited a spacious apartment from his estranged father. Mathias hopes to simply sell his new property and return home, but his plan hits a snag when he discovers that the elderly Mathilde (Maggie Smith) and her daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas) are inhabiting the space and have no inclination — nor a legally enforceable reason — to leave. The apartment, he learns, is what the French call a viager, which, in accordance with centuries-old tradition, will not revert to his possession until its present occupant passes away. As he attempts to sell his contract — and even resorts to blackmail — to profit from a losing deal, Mathias comes to learn more about Mathilde, and his father, than he'd ever intended. Kline’s verbal and physical prowess — and even his singing — are on full display, playing off of Smith’s feisty Mathilde. Throughout, director Israel Horovitz keeps his focus on this virtuoso cast, while the sharply written dialogue provides delight and wisdom along the way.
The One I Love (R) 1 hr. 35 min.
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