Let’s face it: soap opera is the most epidemic genre in TV series because it unfolds well disguised. From The Sopranos to Downton Abbey, you can’t avoid being 'soapy' after five or six episodes. Old Money (2014) turns that genre upside down: first because it comes from Austria, a country not that well known for series (please don’t say anything about Kommissar Rex).
Here, the rich businessman Rolf Rauchensteiner desperately needs a new liver and his only hope is his children. The 'good samaritan' who will provide it will inherit everything. Saying that Rolf is played by the flamboyant Udo Kier will only hint of 30% of the madness which engulfs this operatic saga about twisted family ties and corruption.
Writer and director David Schalko was previously successful in his country with his satire comedy Braunschlag (2012) and strikes twice with this soap opera which seems to have been made by a funny Visconti.