By Suzanne A. Marshall from the June 2015 Edition
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl
Director: Simon Curtis
“Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family”
I never hesitate to see a movie that stars Helen Mirren. I wasn’t disappointed by this one either. It’s based on a true story wherein family artwork stolen from one of countless Jewish families by the Nazis, shows up on display in a world famous art museum in Vienna Austria.
The locations for the movie vacillate between California where Altmann currently lives and Vienna, the site of the artwork museum. The scenes of the streets and architecture of Vienna are stunning as the story unfolds between the present time and portrayals of past memories from Altmanns life in Vienna leading to the Nazi occupation.
With the assistance of a young Jewish lawyer, Altmann finds the courage to battle the daunting hurdles involved in seeing that justice is carried out in memory of her family. Her young lawyer also finds himself surprisingly imbedded by the need to set things straight, though he was born in the U.S.A. The journey finds them both challenged by the requirements of time, finances and the emotional toll that is brought to bear for them both. The cinematography is beautiful and the roles played by Mirren and Reynolds are very convincing. It’s a wonderful story.
Based on 3,443 viewers the IMDB ratings thus far are 7.6/10.
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Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.
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