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Fast Five Review: Woman in Gold (2015)



 Reviewed by Naomi

1. Did you like it?


2. Why/Why not?

Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is based on the true story and novel The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor.

During World War II millions of dollars of valuables and art was stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis. Maria Altmann’s family’s collection of prized Gustav Klimt paintings was among them, including a treasured painting of Altmann’s Aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer. In the interceding years between the war and theft and the movie-present-day, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer became to Austria what the Mona Lisa is to France. Undeterred, Maria is determined to fight for her family’s paintings which she believes to be rightfully hers. She enlists a friend’s son, a young lawyer to take on this juggernaut of a case.

The story is dealt with in good humour and sincerity. I found the interactions between Mirren and Reynold’s characters particularly compelling and layered. This is a drama, but it is with a light touch!

3. “You would enjoy this film if…”

Helen Mirren is marvellous in most things. If you are a fan of her, you will be a fan of this film.

4. “This film made me think…”

A week later, I bought a book on art restitution from the second world war. So interesting.

5. Stars out of five?