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At the movies: Woman in Gold

May 21, 2015

Woman in Gold

When Maria Altman was going through her sister’s estate, she discovered some old letters from her sister’s attempts to recover artwork stolen from their family’s Vienna apartment by Nazis officers who looted their possessions.  Those letters sparked something in the strong-willed Maria so she contacted a friend’s son who was a young, inexperienced lawyer.  The two became obsessed and were determined to find justice for Maria’s family.

Woman in Gold is an outstanding movie!  It tells the story of Maria’s legal battles in the US and Austria and, through a series of flashbacks, tells her story from the beginning of World War II.  Maria came from a genteel, privileged background and has a fascinating story of her own.

The movie does drag in a spot or two but that didn’t keep my friend and I from thoroughly enjoying it.  Both Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds are outstanding in their roles and Maria’s story is fascinating.  After seeing the movie, I had to read more about her and the Woman in Gold.  If you missed this movie in the theater, be sure to rent it.

 

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    May 21, 2015 6:26 am

    This sounds good Kathy, someone else mentioned it and I brushed it off. Now I need to reconsider. Looking forward to ALOHA which comes out 5/29 – great cast and looks fun too.

  2. May 21, 2015 7:21 am

    We’re hoping to see it this weekend!

  3. May 21, 2015 8:25 am

    Some of my friends have seen Woman In Gold and they loved it too.

  4. May 21, 2015 9:11 am

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy; I love anything with Helen Mirren, and this does sound like a fascinating story.

  5. May 21, 2015 9:18 am

    Sounds really good!

  6. May 21, 2015 10:00 am

    This sounds fascinating! Florida must be the last one to the party when it comes to new releases. Most of the movies you review I’ve never heard of.

  7. May 21, 2015 10:03 am

    I like this one and especially Helen Mirren in it.

  8. May 21, 2015 11:03 am

    This does sound very compelling, Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  9. Lloyd Russell permalink
    May 21, 2015 12:28 pm

    I was particularly surprised by Reynolds. He was excellent. And I agree that it dragged in a few spots but was a solid movie. 3/4 for me.

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  10. May 21, 2015 12:51 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one too! The acting, script and setting were all really good – I loved the scene shifts from past/present, they kept me thoroughly engaged with the story. 🙂

  11. May 21, 2015 1:37 pm

    Thus trailer is wonderful – I’m so looking forward to the movie. I just started reading The Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickey. I think I heard that it was the novel on which the movie Woman in Gold is based.

  12. Patty permalink
    May 21, 2015 1:46 pm

    It looks so good! I am happy that you loved it!

  13. May 21, 2015 4:15 pm

    I remember the trailer now

  14. May 21, 2015 9:50 pm

    I just saw an ad for this movie and was intrigued. Love Helen Mirren.

  15. Beth F permalink
    May 22, 2015 12:44 pm

    This looks fabulous!

  16. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 22, 2015 12:47 pm

    I really must see it. I’ve always loved that artist and like movies that teach me a bit of history.

  17. May 24, 2015 12:14 pm

    I don’t think I had heard about this movie but it sounds fabulous! I will wait for the DVD.

  18. bookingmama permalink
    May 24, 2015 5:32 pm

    Great cast! I hadn’t even heard of this before your review!

  19. May 25, 2015 3:58 am

    I don’t think I’ve come across this movie before but I’ll definitely look for it on Netflix. Thanks for the rec!

  20. May 27, 2015 10:30 pm

    Oh, I definitely want to see this! I remember loving this aspect from The Girl You Left Behind.

  21. The Cue Card permalink
    May 31, 2015 6:25 pm

    I really liked the Woman in Gold movie too. Here are my thoughts: http://www.thecuecard.com/movies/woman-in-gold/

  22. May 31, 2015 10:21 pm

    This had a somewhat limited release, so I’d kind of given up on it, but now I’ll be sure to look for it as a rental.

  23. June 3, 2015 9:45 pm

    Glad to see you enjoyed it. I’ll definitely have to rent it.

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