ByLauren Victoria, writer at
Movie's and I have a special kind of relationship. Also books are life.
Lauren Victoria

This is probably one of the most rewarding movies I have ever watched. Not because it's funny or it has great CGI or even because it has a great cast (which it does), but because it is real, and by watching it I felt like I was a part of something incredible. The plot follows an aging woman (Helen Mirren) whom employs a young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) to reclaim a piece of art that belonged to her Jewish, aristocratic family before it was seized by Nazi's during WW2. The piece of art in question is a beautiful golden leafed portrait by Gustave Klimt, of Marias (Mirren) auntie Adele and during the time was housed in a famous gallery of Austria. They go on a lengthy legal battle with Austria which has a successful end, however not without its trials and tribulations.

The movie contains 'flashbacks' to Marias younger self as she escaped with her husband from the Nazist rein with nothing but her clothes on her back, leaving behind her beloved family and home. These flashbacks are both eloquent and troubling to the human soul as they highlight the real treatment of the Jews in society. Mirren, although has a some what questionable accent, plays her part beautifully, she shows true courage to stand for what it right and what is hers. Reynolds surprised me with this serious role, but he took his character and made it his own.

This is not just another war story, this is a story about justice and retribution for what was taken. The true-story proves that although many things haven't changed, that people cannot account for their crimes, that in some respect, as long as we remember what has happened, the peoples lives that were so clearly ripped apart, did not die in vain. A real story of courage, family and what it means to be remembered.


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