Unpicking the prickly subject of restitution of Nazi looted art, Woman In Gold sees one little old lady (Mirren) and her down-on-his-luck nephew lawyer (Reynolds) sue the Austrian government for the jewel in their art crown: Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Switching between post-Anschluss terror and courtroom drama as the underdogs take on a coldly indifferent state, Curtis’ film is quietly touching, with glittering performances from both Mirren and Reynolds. It’s no masterpiece, but certainly a well-crafted reproduction.
Woman In Gold | Directed by Simon Curtis, (UK 2015) with Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl. Starts June 4
Originally published in issue #139, June 2015.