Coming to Digital HD June 26, as well as Bluray and On Demand July 7 from Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company comes an extraordinary true story about the “Woman in Gold.”
This film tells the story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), who enlists the help of young attorney Randy Schoenberg to have a family painting returned to her. What Schoenberg learns is that the painting is actually the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauder I by artist Gustav Klimt.
Hanging in the museum in Austria, the painting and has become engrained in the Austrian culture but it was taken from Maria’s family by the Nazi’s in World War II. Taking her case for the return of that painting along with five others done by Klimt to the Austrian court, Maria and Schoenberg are met with hostile resistance.
Returning to the United States, Schoenberg continues to be plagued by his trip to Austria and the connection to his own family. Going against his job, he discovers that Maria has the right to take her cast before American courts and all the way to the Supreme Court.
It is a battle that comes from the heart!
Mirren as Altmann is, as always, amazing in this role. Wanting to see the return of the beautiful painting of her aunt brings more than just that – it forces her to face a life taken more than sixty years ago. Mirren has the amazing ability to be stern and forceful but in her eyes is this actress’ ability to bring a tear out of the most hardened viewer. Going back to Austria isn’t all about the painting and every event of that is portrayed with the skill and talent I’ve always adored Mirren for.
Reynolds as Schoenberg is a young lawyer with a young family to support. Trying to be his own boss didn’t work so turning toward a bigger law firm actually allows the case to even begin. During the Austrian trip, Reynolds shows a well of emotion and when Reynolds sheds a tear you’d better pay attention because the guns come out after. In this case the judicial guns of a man who knows that a wrong must be made right.
Tatiana Maslany as the young Maria Altmann is perfection but I’m probably a bit biased as I can’t get enough of her talent in the BBC series “Orphan Black.” Max Irons as the young Fritz plays well off of Maslany’s character and they are lovely together.
Bruhl has a small role as Hubertus Czemin, a journalist n Austria who supports Maria’s claim and offers his help and contacts to put the case together.
Other cast includes: Daniel Bruhl as Hubertus Czernin, Katie Holmes as Pam, Antje Traue as Adele Bloch Bauer, Elizabeth McGovern as Judge Cooper, Montz Bleibtreu as Gustav Klimt, Frances Fisher as Barbra Schoenberg, Tom Schilling as Heinrich, and Charles Dance as Sherman.
The Weinstein Company has released a broad range of films that include the likes of THE KING’S SPEECH, APOLLO 18, MY WEEK WITH MARILY, THE IRON LADY, THE ARTIST, SILVER LINGINGS PLAYBOOK, DJANGO UNCHAINED, QUARTET and THE IMITATION GAME to name a few. For more on “Woman in Gold” go to http://womaningoldmovie.com.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Keeping our family Bluray libraries up to date, they also include STARZ Original Series, children’s entertainment, fitness and sports so there is something for everyone. For more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Woman in Gold” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I really didn’t know the back story about this most famous painting but it has always been one of my favorite Klimt pieces. The film just makes me love the painting even more and want to see it in person someday – bucket list addition! As the film moves along it is easy to root for Mirren and Reynolds and that makes a good story worth every moment!
The cast is amazingly solid together in telling this beautiful story and the Bluray has plenty of extras to know even more! The Bluray includes The Making of Woman In Gold, Feature commentary with Director Simon Curtis and Producer David M. Thompson, Stealing Klimt Documentary Trailer and Neue Galerie New York Press Conference.
In the end — justice is priceless!