Woman in Gold

Posted on April 10, 2015


Woman in Gold – Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) wants five paintings taken from her family by the Nazis to be returned to her. The Austrian government prefers to keep them, especially one known as the Woman in Gold, which is a painting of Maria’s Aunt Adele (Antje Traue). They feel it belongs to them, even though they clearly know it doesn’t. With the help of a young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), and an investigative reporter (Daniel Bruhl – Inglourious Basterds and The Bourne Ultimatum), Maria pursues every avenue available for ten years to get the paintings back.
Told in present day, about 1994 to 2004, and in Maria’s memories of her life as a child and as a young married woman during WW2. Her adoring relationship with her aunt, her dramatic escape from Vienna, the grief at having to leave her parents (Elizabeth McGovern and Jonathan Pryce) behind, the resistance she meets from government officials makes for a great story. It’s balanced with lightness, too. From LA to Vienna to Washington, the scenery is gorgeous. The talented cast also includes Frances Fisher, Max Irons and Katie Holmes.