Woman in Gold (2015)
April 28, 2015 8:02 PM - Subscribe

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
posted by lunasol (5 comments total)
Helen Mirren rules and Ryan Reynold was smart enough to be relatively low key.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:21 PM on April 29, 2015

I was really impressed with Tatiana Maslany. She stole the whole thing.
posted by lunasol at 8:19 AM on April 30, 2015

I spent half the movie wondering who she was, then it clicked. I'd agree she was very good, but that's obviously no surprise. She and the actor who played her father more or less stole the show in those early scenes.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:31 AM on April 30, 2015 [1 favorite]

Brandon, I didn't even realize it was her until afterwards when I checked IMDB! I kept thinking "where did they find this actress who looks so much like Helen Mirren ?? No, actually, she doesn't really look like her, but she just seems so much like her ..."

Of course is was the actress who's become famous for playing so many different characters on one show. Remarkable. She really did seem like she'd pulled on a Helen Mirren mask or something.
posted by lunasol at 11:26 AM on May 2, 2015

This got lousy reviews, and I didn't understand why. I found it compelling, and I learned a lot that I didn't already know. In addition to the people that everyone has named, Daniel Bruhl knocked my socks off in this one.

I had some tiny quibbles with the geography, however. In the scene where they're in the car heading to LAX, the camera tracks them from overhead and they're heading to ... Pasadena. Helen Mirren storms across the street from the Wiener Konzerthaus to the Hotel Sacher...which is in reality about a half mile away. (They're iconic locations - it's like having the skating rink at Rockerfeller Center abut the Met.) I understand that sometimes you have to play fast and loose, but those stuck out to me like sore thumbs and really took me out of the movie.
posted by rednikki at 6:54 PM on May 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

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