Woman in Gold
As we've mentioned before with our Rialto Recommends choices, sometimes likable stars and a good story may not be enough for the critics. The critics were mostly not kind to our next Rialto Recommends choice starring the unlikely pairing of Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds but audiences responded warmly to Simon Curtis' 2015 film WOMAN IN GOLD. Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures. NPR said "For all its broad brush strokes, WOMAN IN GOLD can't help but tell a moving populist parable about the will to power of an ordinary woman ... taking on powerful institutions to regain a tiny fraction of her family's appalling losses." While Empire Magazine said "Even with a starry cast, the stirring true story is this drama's standout feature." WOMAN IN GOLD is streaming on Tubi and PlutoTv or available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others. Check out WOMAN IN GOLD and if the story interests you it is also worth seeking out Richard Berge and Bonni Cohen's 2007 documentary THE RAPE OF EUROPA on AmazonPrime, Vudu, Tubi, Kanopy, or Fandor.