Woman in Gold

7.31 h 49 min2015X-RayPG-13
Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in the remarkable true story of one woman's battle against the establishment to recover her family possessions that had been seized by Nazis during WWII.
Simon Curtis
Ryan ReynoldsHelen MirrenKatie Holmes
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Tatiana MaslanyDaniel Bruhl
David M. ThompsonKris Thykier
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TafkaswfReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Hokey, Almost-Bigoted Movie
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Woman in Gold tries to be the usual "Good Wins Over Evil" movie. Here, an elderly Jewish lady who fled the Holocaust as a young bride fights to retrieve a now-famous family painting. The painting, taken by the Nazis before the war, now hangs in an Austrian museum and is beloved by the Austrian citizenry. She is helped by a plucky young American attorney who has his own reasons to fight those Nordic, Vienna-waltzing Austrians too.

The great Helen Mirren plays the elderly Jewish lady, but even Helen Mirren can't make us like this character. The character is demanding, rude, moody, and frequently swings from "I can't do this!" and "You're fired!" to "We're going to fight!" and "You're the best attorney ever!" Money appears to be no object for her yet she appears to be a struggling small shop owner.

The plucky young attorney is more likeable but not believeable. He knows nothing about art retrieval law but yet singlehandedly runs this epic international art fight all the way to Austria and back - and then takes on the US Supreme Court alone, too. Oh, and he's a serial job quitter who did it again to help Helen Mirren's character- what is he living off of? How is he paying the bills? You'd think his wife stuck at home with small children would be asking that same question- she doesn't work either - but she (played by Katie Holmes) is absolutely supportive. A "follow your heart!" perfect human being. So this movie has three characters that just aren't believeable and really aren't that likeable.

And then there's how the Austrians are portrayed. Let's just say that I hope the Austrian Government lodged a protest about that portrayal. There's a line spoken by the "good" Austrian towards the end that pretty much pushes this movie over the Bigot Line.

The final annoying thing about this movie is that, according to this movie, you can quickly learn complex law, you can skip an entire level of the US Federal Court system in your international case, you can proceed directly to the US Supreme Court, and you can get all this litigation done in about two years. And you win exactly how you expect to. Whoever made this movie has no interest in factoring the realities of the legal world into this movie.

So No, don't make a special effort to watch this movie. It should have been straight-to-video. If you do stumble across it, expect to find it on the Hallmark Channel.

Co-produced by Harvey Weinstein.
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THOMAS R. BOUGHERReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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As a military veteran, with an interest in the history of war, and the political elements that make it possible, I have read, and viewed, a number of stories written, and produced, surrounding the second world war, which can largely be seen as an extension of the first world war. To be sure, combat veterans, like Adolph Hitler, and the core group that formed the NAZI movement, endured a horrible experience in the trenches, that might explain some of the brutality, and violence, of their Third Reich. But to me, there is no excuse for war, which serve the interests of war profiteers, and political opportunists. So, I am not interested in excusing their actions, or vilifying them, with the advantage of hindsight. Everyone involved, at the time, suffered horribly, and unfairly.

This film tells an important story, with dignity, and reason, rather that inflammatory rhetoric, designed to perpetuate animosity, or cement stereotypes, to benefit current opportunists, and profit seekers. It is reminiscent of the quality, and insight, provided to a previous generation by Director, Stanley Kramer, in JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, and SHIP OF FOOLS, on a human level

However one may feel about the role of the Jewish people, in history, or economic life, the fact that the highly valued works of art central to WOMAN IN GOLD would not even have existed, had the artist not been engaged by the subject family, at their own initiative, and expense, is the gravamen of the case. The outcome is a powerful example of the persistent, and judicious application of logic, in a legal forum, that is emblematic of constitutional government, and non-violent conflict resolution. To me, that is a story worth telling. (USMC 1968-75)
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Jeanne MarieReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Austria hang your heads in shame
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Austrians still sticking up for the Nazis so many years after the war? How many other Nazi art thefts are hanging in their galleries? Helen Mirren is brilliant. I have new respect for Ryan Reynolds. He rose to the occasion. They were wonderful together. If I could go to New York I would stand before this Woman in Gold all day if I could. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. The Nazis and their collaborators in Austria stripped her and her family of their freedom and their lives. The lives lost forever but she finally did find her freedom in America. Welcome to your new home. You are among friends here.
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Bertha AguirreReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 Painting
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This movie is about the story of the famous painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer 1" by Gustav Klimt. It is a gold leaf, silver and oil on canvas. The art was stolen by the Nazis back in 1941 along with other possessions of the Jewish in Austria/Germany. Maria Altmann was the niece of Adele husband. She end upi California and along the way Maria wanted the painting back of her aunt so she hired an attorney, Randol Schoenberg to help her take it to court all the way to the supreme court that involved the government of Austria, At the end, the painting was returned to Maria Altmann. Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds are great actors in this movie. This is a true story about the famous painting "Adele Blooch-Bauer l, painted by Gustav Klimt also famous for "The Kiss"
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Lin BeeReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Woman in Gold
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I like almost everything Helen Mirren is in. She did come across as a grumpy old lady in this however. Her accent kept changing as I just saw her in another film and it made her look rather worn out. The ending was weak. Two smiles from her Aunt Adele and one from her that should have been redone. He teeth did not show and it made her lips look thick. I guess I just thought this film wasn't polished like most of the ones she is in. I did not like the cussing from Ryan Reynolds. He dropped the F boom and used God's name in vain and that is when I knew I did not like the film. He is too baby faced to make such harsh statements and it did not go over at all. He should have stayed the innocent looking lawyer.

I was happy when she got the paintings back and donated most of her money to charity and family. She was old and did not need $135 million. The artist name Klimt was a sex pervert and had many women and fathered 14 children. He was a lecher. The Women in Gold is a lovely painting and one of his best as most all the other ones are sick porn. Let's you know what those days were like in pre-world war II Vienna. Very little morals and the rich acting like snobs. I did feel sorry for her family. I liked the father best. He played the cello and was a kind and loving father. The acting was good and Maria's husband played by Max Irons was delicious. The opera voice aspects was intriguing as I am a singer myself. The wedding were he sang a German aria to his bride was delightful. It made me cry. All in all, I liked it except for the cuss words. That needs to stop!
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Mike HuffmanReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
I think that the movie suffers most of all for the lack of a better actor in his place
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I had read and was fascinated by Anne-Marie O'Connor's book The Lady in Gold before this movie was made. I found the story to be so
compelling that I had high hopes for the movie. Ryan Reynolds was a curious choice, in my opinion, to play such an important role. I think the movie suffers most of all for the lack of a better actor in his place. His attempt to portray outrage when Maria wants to give up seemed like a
high school drama episode. He seems confused about where he is.
Katie Holmes has little to work with in her scenes, and they are pretty dull. Helen Mirren is wonderful, but the humor in the film seems forced. Some spoilers follow, so you may want to stop reading here if you haven't seen the film.
Some of the information in the film is at odds with the book, and all of the family, apparently, was not pleased with the sale of the painting of Adele. It is a little curious to me why Maria would go to all the trouble to get the painting, then sell it to be displayed in New York, when she lived in LA. I would want it close enough that I could go see it often, especially when her aunt Adele seemed to mean a lot to her. But the painting belonged to the family, so that's up to them.
Adele, the woman in the painting has the allure of Victorine Meurent in Manet's Olympia, or, as the film suggests, the model in the Mona Lisa. Who are these captivating women? Certainly, the little we see of Adele in the movie gives a glimpse as to what may have inspired Klimt.
The final scenes in the film, while somewhat melodramatic, were moving, as Maria returns to the apartment in Vienna where she lived before
leaving Austria to escape the Nazis. In spite of the movie's weaknesses, I would recommend both it and the book based on the power of the story.
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Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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World War II destroyed the lives of countless of millions. A few people like Austrian Jew Maria Altmann and her husband were able to escape the horrors of the Nazi-occupied Europe and settle in the US. The WOMAN IN GOLD tells the amazing story of Maria's fight for justice decades after her wealthy Austrian family lost everything. It's an incredible story. What if your beloved aunt, a woman who cherished and adored as a child, was the subject of one of the world's most famous modern paintings? Imagine that painting was stolen from your family and you are the rightful owner. What if that painting was sitting in an Austrian museum for public view as a beloved symbol of Austria? This is the story of Maria Altmann's battle to gain possession of her legacy.
Helen Mirren stars as Maria so there is no doubt Mirren will give a striking performance and viewers will not be disappointed. Ryan Reynolds co-stars as her young and up and coming lawyer Randy Schoenberg. Maria and Randy have an often caustic relationship. Maria seems to be content with an apology from the museum and Austrian government whereas Randy sees the potential financial windfall from this priceless work of art. Eventually the two come to terms in the battle for justice. Mirren and Reynolds have age defying chemistry that works so well in this film.
It is an amazing true story of heartbreak and determination. The flashbacks to the backstory--Maria's happy childhood and memories of her beloved Aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer fill the screen. Then the Nazis invade Austria and life for Jewish citizens becomes a nightmare. WOMAN IN GOLD is a fascinating historical account of one Jewish family's life in Nazi Austria. Lovely Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK) stars as the young Maria.
Throughout Europe, Jewish families were stripped of their homes and possessions. Valuable artwork was looted and sent to Nazi homes and museums. Fortunately, the Portrait Of Adele Bloch Bauer ended up in Vienna's Belvedere Museum where it was safe and became a symbol of Austria.
Maria learns that Austria is offering restitution and to restore works of arts looted during the war, but is it a hollow publicity stunt to hide Austrian guilt over the war? No doubt none of the current Austrian government or museum officials had any responsibility for the theft of the art but they were left with a legacy of injustice and they had the power to correct it. It is a thought provoking story that inspires us to believe that it is never too late for justice. WOMAN IN GOLD is a remarkable true story that should not be missed.
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Student for LifeReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie and great story.
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The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Altmann took her legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled on the case Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004).
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