“Woman in Gold”: Film review

Maria Altmann fled Austria with her husband after the annexation by the Nazis in 1938, leaving behind her family and her possessions. Among her family’s possessions, stolen by the Nazis, were several Gustav Klimt paintings including the “Woman in Gold,” all of which subsequently and illegally ended up as key pieces in the Austrian museum’s collection.
This is the story of Maria Altmann’s initiative to retrieve the paintings, in the face of an obstructionist Austrian government intent on refusing to acknowledge the past and intent on continuing to profit from the crimes that were committed.
Helen Mirren and Tatiana Maslany (lead actress in “Orphan Black”) take turns playing the older and younger Maria.
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