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Woman In Gold Review

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Maria Altman (Mirren) is a Jewish refugee living in America who returns to her native Austria to fight for ownership to Gustav Klimt’s famous painting depicting her aunt and stolen by the Nazis. Rallying to her cause is a put-upon attorney (Reynolds).

★★★★

Even with a starry cast, the stirring true story is this drama’s standout feature. Helen Mirren plays a Jewish refugee living in America who returns to her native Austria to fight for ownership to Gustav Klimt’s famous painting depicting her aunt. Stolen by the Nazis, it’s now hanging in a national gallery and she wants justice. Ryan Reynolds is the earnest, browbeaten lawyer helping her out.

Simon Curtis’ film flirts with an element of odd couple comedy, but Philomena it isn’t. The scenes of reflection and realisation of the events that brought them here are expertly judged and the flashbacks to occupied Austria are undeniably moving.

Even with a starry cast, the stirring true story is this drama’'s standout feature.

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