Woman in Gold is a based on the true story of Maria Altman a Jewish woman who wants to reclaim a painting which part of her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II and settling in Los Angeles, she started to retrieve her family possessions confiscated by the Nazi which includes a famous painting by Klimt called “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” which the Austrian establishment refuses to relinquish; the Austrians considered the painting the “Mona Lisa of Austria” and displayed prominently at the Belvedere Palace.
Maria Altman eventually took custody of the painting with the help of Randy Schoenberg a young lawyer inexperienced in international law who happened to be the grandson of the great Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg. The fight took them to the heart of the Austrian establishment and all the way to the US Supreme Court.
The movie plot is easy to follow and very fast paced and the story goes back and forth from the time Maria Altman’s young life in Vienna to the present time where she fought to take possession of the painting. The movie is a legal drama as much as a historical depiction of World War II; big portion of the film is about Vienna during the war.
Like most of her movies Helen Mirren did a fantastic acting job so with Ryan Reynolds.
Helen Mirren starred as Maria Altman, Ryan Reynolds as Randy Schoenberg with Katie Holms as the wife of Randy, directed by Simon Curtis.
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