Rent Woman in Gold (2015)

3.7 of 5 from 237 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
'Woman in Cold' is 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 (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Gustav Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David M. Thompson, Kris Thykier
Writers:
Alexi Kaye-Campbell, E. Randol Schoenberg, Maria Altmann
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/08/2015
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/08/2015
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making of 'Woman in Gold'
  • Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Woman in Gold

Briiliant Film - Woman in Gold review by RG

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25/08/2015

Very much worth a look. This film portrays a heart warming yet very poiniant story of one womans struggle. Its entertaining and flows extremely well. Would happily recommend for any nights viewing - brilliant.

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Powerful Film - Woman in Gold review by GJ

Spoiler Alert
25/11/2016

This is a powerful telling of the real life story of a wealthy Viennese Jewish lady forced to flee the Nazis.

Several decades later with the death of her sister, she finds some papers which sets her on the path of reclaiming the priceless Klint art works that once belonged to her family. In doing so she engages the grandson of another famous Vienese refugee and engages another generation in the 'David and Goliath' fight for justice that somehow history has rendered irrelevant.

I found this a very powerful watch and poignantly beautiful in the scene switches of present day Vienna triggering memories of her young life and her gripping escape from Nazis.

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Woman in Gold - Woman in Gold review by Ali

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24/09/2019

Brilliant! Beautifully portrayed, with the horrors of the Nazi regime highlighted and the traumatic events that occurred in the second World War

Helen Mirren is amazing and her young lawyer was perfectly cast. A real "must see" film

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Critic review

Woman in Gold review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

How hard can it be to rebuild from the past? Woman in Gold attempts to answer this question in its non-linear mixture of equal parts war-time drama and courtroom battle. Of course, no life that was tarnished by the Nazis can ever fully be rebuilt after their blatant theft and destruction of Jewish property. But the returning of a painting to its rightful owner is more of an act of apology than that of monetary value.

Maria Altmann was a real-life person affected by World War 2. During the 1940s, she was a Jewish girl (Tatiana Maslany) calling in love while she lived in her family’s lavish estate in Vienna. One Nazi savaging of her home later, she’s an aged woman (Helen Mirren) living in Los Angeles at the turn of the century. She managed to escape with her husband but not her parents. She is now a widow and just recently buried her sister. Upon discovering her sister’s attempts to reclaim their family-owned paintings which are hanging in Austria, she decides to take up the case with her no-nonsense approach to getting what she wants.

For making her case of art restitution, she enlists the lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds). Though Schoenberg initially passes, he takes note of how much these paintings are truly worth and decides it would be worth the time of the firm he works for to pursue this case. It’s not an easy job, both legally and personally. For one, the art restitution is a bit of an international matter which forces both Schoenberg and Altmann to deal with Austrians that refuse to budge. For two, Schoenberg is expecting a baby soon with his wife and the case becomes so engrossing to his life that he misses the birth of his child. How does his wife take it? She’s supportive enough to pick him out a suit for his next legal meeting just after her water broke.

The film keeps itself a bit flowing with its non-linear style of transitioning to flashbacks of the more thrilling sequences of Altmann watching Vienna crumble under Nazi rule. It helps to break up the long and draining courtroom battles, though there is still plenty of mildly charming personality mixed in between court dates. Mirren and Reynolds have a bit of chemistry in how the shrill woman coordinates with this pensive lawyer. The manner of dicing up the past and present help create a certain appreciation of the scale, where the scene of a young Altmann being presented a gorgeous piece of jewelry carries some weight when we come back to it later as another treasure snatched away from her. A familiar scene, sure, but the presentation makes it sting a bit more.

Woman in Gold, I assume, has some historical inaccuracies given the flow of the film, with such inclusions as an ah-ha moment by Schoenberg is played up as a dramatic turn in the case. For how enamored the film becomes with reaping drama from a court case, you know it has to be embellishing a bit. That being said, for presenting a bit of historical drama mixed some solid performances by Mirren and Reynolds, I was intrigued enough by this tale to keep watching and later look up the rest of the facts. Think of it as a mixture of two subpar films turned into a decent drama.

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