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4.13.2015

Let's Go To The Movies - Woman In Gold

Friday night I went to the movies with a friend and we saw Woman in Gold. Such a moving story.

Woman in Gold is the true story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), who, as a newly married, young woman in Vienna, Austria, witnessed her Jewish family's home stripped of its belongings and taken over by the Nazis. She narrowly escapes to the US with her husband, and never looks back. One of the items taken from her home was a portrait of her Aunt. Her Uncle had commissioned it by the now famous artist, Gustov Klimt. It's been hanging in the Austrian State Gallery since after the war, but Maria claims it was stolen from her family and rightfully hers. With the help of her lawyer, Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria takes on the Austrian government in the hopes of righting a wrong done to her and so many other Jewish Austrians long ago.

I really enjoyed this movie.  We're all aware of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during WWII, but it was interesting to see a circumstance where the government was technically still profiting from such an injustice. It was shocking how many times Maria offered to let the Austrian State Gallery and Austrian government keep the painting if they would just acknowledge the wrong doing of how it came to be in their possession, and they wouldn't do it. That's what really struck a chord with me. That still, after all this time, they couldn't admit the truth.

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds both gave really good performances, but it was Tatiana Maslany (from the BBC's Orphan Black) who I thought stole the film as the young, Maria. She was outstanding.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

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