Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl
Directed by Simon Curtis
Rating: B

A Jewish refugee revisits her past as she battles the Austrian court to regain a Klimt painting of a beloved aunt.

Woman in Gold makes sure to get down to the interesting parts of the story as Maria Altmann and Randy Schoenberg fight for the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, best known as “Woman in Gold.”

The pair first journey to Austria for an art restitution conference, only to be denied. For Maria, visiting her home country brings up painful memories of being forced to leave when the Nazis take over. The trip also leaves a mark on Randy, who embraces his family history and makes a stop at a Holocaust memorial to see his family name.

Maria has been defeated, but Randy is determined to see the portrait restored to its rightful owner and begins a months-long fight that goes to the Supreme Court. Through revealing flashbacks of Maria’s past, and showing important moments in the legal battle of ownership, Woman in Gold portrays what it means to get justice despite decades of haunting memories.

As a movie based on a true story, Woman in Gold reflects back on World War II and an important fact that was overlooked during that time; how thousands of pieces of art were stolen by the Nazis and were never returned to the owner. Maria Altmann’s is just one story among countless others who never saw their belongings again.

Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/woman-in-gold/review/


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