Woman in Gold

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A true story involving artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II provides the basis for this intriguing dramatization, directed by Simon Curtis. The lady of the title is, in fact, the 1907 masterpiece "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Decades after it and a trio of Klimt's other paintings were confiscated from its Jewish subject's relatives in Vienna, her now-elderly niece, Maria (Helen Mirren), is determined that right should prevail and the purloined items be returned. Maria enlists a California attorney (Ryan Reynolds) to make her case and also gains the backing of a nosy investigative reporter (Daniel Bruhl). A valuable history lesson about wartime atrocities, man's inhumanity to man, and the nature of justice, the film can be recommended for mature teens.

Watch out for: Scenes of wartime violence, a few instances each of profane and crude language.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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