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Woman in Gold

Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds
Screenplay by Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Simon Curtis

IN SHORT: nnn. [Rated . minutes]

The Nazi Party singled out "the Jews" as the cause of everything wrong with the world. They were led by an Austrian madman who came to power in Germany, named Adolph Hitler. This you probabl8y know.

The Nazis systematically persecuted Jews, who were not allowed to flee their homelands. They looted the homes and businesses of all Jews in the countries they came to control. Woman in Gold is the story of a painting by an artist named Klimt; its subject, Adele Bloch Bauer [] the aunt of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren). Maria survived the Holocaust. Adele did not. Four decades after the war, the Klimt painting surfaces in a museum in [Vienna]. Ms. Altmann wants the image of her sister returned. She finds a wet behind the ears lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) to take the case and the pair head to Austria, to argue before the Restitutions Board.

They are sent packing. They even offer a deal to allow the paintings to stay in Austria if Ms Altmann is acknowledged as the proper owner of the painting. The pair are summarily dismissed. Then the Austrian Government puts a picture of the painting in a book about art treasures in Vienna (sic). In doing so they fulfill legal requirements to bring restitution charges before an Austrian court -- the legal wranglings are not all that central to this film's story. They are all explained simply and succinctly

When all is said and done, right is right, and Mirren and Reynolds keep our attention as the case slams into closed doors and affects things like the marriage of

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Woman in Gold, he would have paid . . .



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