The WOMAN IN GOLD is the true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim a famous painting by Gustave Klimt of her aunt Adele. Maria Altmann, played by Helen Mirren, is seeking justice for what happened to her family sixty years after they fled Vienna during World War II. The story starts after she finds some papers detailing her uncle’s efforts to reclaim some of the families property after the war while going through her sisters belongings after the sister had passed. Their uncle who had fled to Switzerland had tried unsuccessfully to reclaim the family’s possessions seized by the Nazis, among them several Klimt paintings, most notably ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ aka the Woman in Gold, which was now hanging in the Austrian State Museum and considered an Austrian national treasure. Together with her inexperienced lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she takes on the Austrian art establishment and forces her and Randy to confront difficult truths about their shared past.
The film sticks to the story very well and as far as I have been able to research, nothing had been changed to make the film “better”. I found it very entertaining and honestly I don’t understand the low rating on Rottentomatoes. The acting was wonderful, especially Reynolds and Mirren and thought that the supporting cast was superb.
I love true stories and appreciate films more when they stick to the facts and are able to present them in such an interesting fashion. This a great movie for anyone interested in history, WWII, art, classical music, etc. Safe for the whole family.