If you’re interested in movies that pull at your conscious and make you look closer at the difficult journey that a court case can be, then the ‘Woman in Gold‘ is for you.
This film is about an older woman who grew up in Austria during World War II and because of her jewish heritage and beliefs, was persecuted. Her family was wealthy and in possession of a priceless painting that was stolen. The main plot line is her hiring a young lawyer to help her get the painting back from the Austrian government. Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, the charming elderly woman with a backbone and a history. She is quick witted and knows how to take care of herself and the chemistry between her and Ryan Reynolds, who plays the young lawyer Randy Schoeburg, is what really pulls the audience in to the heart of the story.
Both have jewish ties and both have had to deal with distress from the Nazis in their past. There are flashbacks showing little looks into Maria’s life when she was still young and in Austria that pull at the heartstrings and make you fall in love with this woman who is on a mission to reclaim what has been lost.
This movie isn’t just about politics or an old woman being stubborn – it’s about loss and patience and the continuation of strength through years of suffering. It’s about courage and the knowledge that things don’t define you, but they can represent happy times and happy memories. ‘Woman in gold‘ gave me chills and had me googling more details about the true story it’s based upon. It’s a must see, but that’s just what nugget says.