When down-and-out New Yorker Mathias (Kevin Kline) inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father, he uses his last penny to travel to France with the intent of selling his new property, then returning home. He runs into a problem when he finds Mathilde, a refined old lady (Maggie Smith), living there with her protective daughter Chloe (Kristine Scott Thomas) and they have no intention of leaving.
To top it off, Mathias learns that the apartment is a "viager" - meaning, the owner of the apartment not only can't sell it, but has to pay a fee until the current occupant passes away. Desperate to rid himself of the apartment and get some cash in his pocket, Mathias resorts to blackmail. Along the way, he finds out a secret about his father - and Mathilde.
Studio: D Films
Producer(s): Gary Foster, Rachael Horovitz, David C. Barrot, Nitsa Benchetrit
Screenplay: Israel Horovitz