Woman in Gold Lingers in my Imagination

Painting by Gustav Klimt

Yesterday I went to the movies in the late afternoon (I love being a consultant!) to see Woman in Gold. Helen Mirren stars as Mrs. Maria Altman with Ryan Reynolds in this true story of a woman forced to flee her homeland after the Nazi's were welcomed with open arms by the Austrians. Her family's belongings were stolen including the wonderful painting by Gustav Klimt popularly known as the Woman in Gold.

The performances were spot on. The actors were familiar mainly from BBC dramas. The director did a good job of giving us flashbacks that illuminated the depth of family love and their place in Vienna's society without going on too long and becoming a documentary. I especially like how we saw the same episode from Maria's point of view but each time telling another aspect of the story--just the way memory works when we return to them. Ryan Reynolds did a great job of playing a very smart but awkward young man who discovers his big heart and passion as he evolves in his role as Maria's lawyer.

This movie was so much more emotionally resonant than the trailer suggests it will be. I dreamed about the story last night and continue to return to the story in my mind today. I recommend this very good film.