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Woman in Gold

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Woman in Gold

Simon Curtis (2015)

104min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Helen Mirren keeps her chin up in a sentimental true-life drama, playing Maria Altmann, a proud Jewish woman who fled Austria during the Nazi invasion and made headlines decades later, in 2000, when she sought to reclaim a Gustav Klimt portrait of her aunt - Klimt's muse, Adele Bloch-Bauer - from the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna. There are shades of Philomena as the older woman teams up with a lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) seeking justice on her behalf (though Reynolds keeps his usual wisecracking schtick toned down). Altmann is a source of mild humour, with her brittle exactitude, even if director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) isn't entirely sure how to approach her - the shadow of the Holocaust hangs over her as well. The flashbacks to her escape from Austria (young Maria played by Tatiana Maslany) are the tensest scenes of the film, and that surely isn't as it should be. Curtis doesn't convey the emotional pull of the artwork that keeps Altmann soldiering on, and heaps this burden on his star instead. Still, it's an intriguing David vs Goliath battle and Mirren positively glows with indignation.

Summary

An elderly Austrian woman who fled the country during the Second World War returns to her home country in search of justice. Several art treasures belonging to her family were seized by the Nazis when she escaped, including a famous painting by Klimt, and she enlists the aid of an American lawyer in reclaiming them from the current government. Fact-based drama, starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl.

Cast & Crew

Maria Altmann Helen Mirren
Randol Schoenberg Ryan Reynolds
Hubertus Czernin Daniel Brühl
Pam Katie Holmes
Young Maria Tatiana Maslany
Fritz Max Irons
Sherman Charles Dance
Adele Bloch-Bauer Antje Traue
Judge Florence Cooper Elizabeth McGovern
Chief Justice Rehnquist Jonathan Pryce
Barbara Schoenberg Frances Fisher
Director Simon Curtis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Swearing Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Apr 2015

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