Woman in Gold….this of course is a Movie review and what a wonderful movie!
I really like movies that are based on true stories and Maria Altmann has an interesting and remarkable story to tell… though all to common for many during World War II.
Sixty years after she and her husband fled Vienna with Nazis literally in pursuit, Maria found an old picture of a painting of her Aunt (Woman in Gold) which stirred an interest to retrieve the paintings seized/stolen from her family during the Nazis reign of terror.
“Woman in Gold” was painted by the famous painter, Klimt, and the painting ended up hanging in an art gallery in Vienna, property of the Austrian government.
Maria, played by the amazing Helen Mirren, remembers watching as Klimt painted her aunt and so begins her almost impossible journey to retrieve what rightfully belonged to her family.
In this scene, Maria is seeing the painting for the first time in over 60 years.
Ryan Reynolds plays the part of the up and coming attorney (son of a Jewish friend of Maria and very inexperienced in International Law) and together they plunge into major battles which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian Government and the United States Supreme Court.
Maria’s young attorney also comes to terms with his own Jewish heritage, as he comes to a better understanding of Maria’s need to have what is hers.
I loved this movie and after the credits were shown, the Captain and I just sat and reflected on the incredible story.
It really touched my heart.
Have you, my dear readers…seen this movie?
I would be interested to know your thoughts?