Last Love (also known as Mr. Morgan’s Last Love) is an upcoming film that stars Michael Caine, Gillian Anderson, Clemence Poesy and Justin Kirk. This drama movie revolves around the life-changing connection that a retired and widowed Matthew Morgan (Caine) has with Pauline (Poesy), a free-spirited dance instructor. They begin a wonderful journey into discovery that their bond brings them joy that can only be found in family and friendship. Last Love is truly a beautiful and emotion-charged film that will lead audiences to rediscover the bonds we create in this lifetime. Read more about this new movie below:
“Early Movie Review for Last Love
After the death of his wife Joan (Jane Alexander), the almost 70 year-old American Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) hasn’t moved back home, but has stayed alone in the spacey apartment in Paris. He talks with his deceased wife and still can feel her presence. The housekeeper (Michelle Goddet) comes once a week, and every now and then Matthew meets his friend Colette Léry (Anne Alvaro) for lunch.
Then one day Matthew gets to know the much younger woman Pauline (Clémence Poésy), who helps him and walks him home. They are both lost souls, which is why they have an instantaneous connection. But only at a second chance meeting on the bus, the orphan Pauline invites the retired philosopher Matthew to the dance lessons she gives.
Matthew hesitantly attends the free first dance lesson with Colette, but has a lot of fun. This is the foundation for the special friendship with Pauline. They go for a walk together, eat in the park, dance, support each other, talk about what’s important and find new joys in life. Matthew even considers making Pauline his new family.
But this idea and the friendship with a huge age difference do not appeal to Matthew’s son Miles (Justin Kirk) and daughter Karen (Gillian Anderson) at all. The two come to the city of love on short notice, when Matthew gets hospitalized. And while Karen returns to her family soon after, Miles stays and tries to bring Matthew back to his senses. Pauline on the other hand tries to bring father and son closer together again.
“Mr. Morgan’s Last Love” is a German-Belgian-French-American co-production, which has been shot equally in Paris, Brittany, Brussels and Cologne. Thus the film has a certain French charm, which certainly is due to the adorable Clémence Poésy (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, ” In Bruges”, “127 Hours”); but it also has some American efficiency as well as some rather German boredom.
That the film has an English original title shows clearly that the film is targeted for international and especially English-speaking audiences. In order to appeal to this market, the film needs to be in English, as films aren’t dubbed in this language and especially Americans don’t particularly fancy subtitled films. The filmmakers have succeeded in this with a simple trick.
The film is based on the French novel “La Douceur Assassine” by Françoise Dorner and originally the protagonist is French. But for the screenplay the German director Sandra Nettelbeck (whose delicious German hit “Bella Martha” was remade as “No Reservations”) has turned him into an American. Supposedly she already had Michael Caine in mind during the writing process (although he is British, which shows in his accent).”
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Last Love is written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck and is set to have a limited release on November 1st 2013.
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