“Woman in Gold” Movie Review
Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) has just buried her sister.
At the cemetery, she is talking to an old family friend when she finds out that the friend’s son is a lawyer who has fallen on hard times. Needing legal advice from someone she can trust, she asks her friend to connect them.
Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) has just accepted a position with a law firm, but, visits Maria to find out what she needs.
Maria’s family lived in Vienna, Austria before WWII as the Nazis were on the verge of taking over. They were identifying the Jews, shutting down their businesses, and shipping them off to concentration camps. Some escaped in the nick of time, Maria being one.
But the Nazis claimed everything as their own, including a now famous Austrian art treasure: A painting of the “Woman in Gold” by Gustav Klimt that belonged to Maria’s family. The “Woman in Gold” happened to be her Aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer (Antje Traue).
Austria just announced a new restitution plan where Austria may, more easily, return items to families that were stolen in WWII. Maria wants her Aunt back, and Randy is the lawyer she chose to help her get the painting back.
“Woman in Gold” is an excellent movie with flashbacks to the Nazis occupation of Vienna….and Maria’s escape. Like “The Monuments Men” it shows the arrogance of the Nazis as they claimed ownership of everything now under their, temporary, control. It also shows the continued arrogance 50 years later of the Austrian government even though they have a new, more liberal, restitution policy.
Ok for the whole family, but, the kids won’t like it as deals mostly with adult themes. Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds are terrific.
Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this using Chromecast on Google Play.
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