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The remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Drama - This fact-based film is a big showcase for stars Ryan Reynolds and
especially Helen Mirren, who get to show off their dramatic and
comedic skills. While there is only brief language and only moderate
adult content, kids would not be interested.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 52 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! The lack of younger reviewers clearly shows that this is a movie for adults. Keep in mind that this is a slow moving story but it's very interesting and heartwarming.
The remarkable true story of a woman who overcame great odds
with the help of an improbably young lawyer, and righted a wrong that had stood
decades. Sixty years after fleeing Vienna during World War II, Maria Altmann
Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, begins a journey to reclaim family possessions
by the Nazis. Among them is Gustav Klimt's famous painting, Portrait of Adele
Bauer I, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele, which has become a national
an Austrian Mona Lisa.
Maria discovers a letter in her late sister's possessions concerning
to recover five Klimt paintings which had belonged to her family, all of which
in Austria's famous Belvedere Gallery. Believing she has a case for restitution
and with a
repressed desire for retribution stirring, she seeks advice from a young lawyer
Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), the son of fellow Austrian immigrants.
Having just started at a big law firm and with a newborn child at home, Randy
is wary of
burdening himself with such an unlikely extracurricular case. The lure of the
paintings and an increasing sense of duty to his heritage overcome him, however.
Inexperienced but plucky, Randy's investigation reveals there may have been a
systematic cover-up, and denial on a national scale, in order to keep the
Together, Maria and Randy embark upon a lengthy legal battle, taking them all
way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court. The
forces Maria to confront vivid memories of her happy family life in Vienna,
pain of having everything she holds dear ripped away from her and the
escape that saw her emigrate to the U.S. with her husband Fritz. The arduous
battle sees Randy gain skill and experience, which helps Maria ultimately win
paintings back, an uplifting but bittersweet victory in the light of all that
WOMAN IN GOLD is the moving and powerful real-life story of someone coming to
terms with their past and seeking restitution for what was taken from her.