There’s been a few movies lately who enjoy telling their story in flashbacks. This method can be hit or miss in my opinion. I am happy to report, “Woman in Gold” is a success.
The story revolves around one person, who was a young woman during WWII. She was forced to flee her country to escape the Nazis and all of her family’s belongings were claimed by the Nazis. Now, an elderly woman, she attempts to get some of those items back, one painting in particular. Not because it’s worth millions, but because she wants to have a piece of her family back.
The audience goes on an emotional journey, seeing glimpses of the Nazi invasion to her hometown and the telling of her escape. In the present time, her lawyer, a friend of a friend, takes on her case with more passion than she.
I was greatly moved by the movie. Anyone who enjoys a heartfelt family movie would enjoy “Woman in Gold.” People who enjoy learning about history should also find this entertaining. I know I learned a few things and was interested to see a new side to the story. This movie told me what the common Jew underwent during the war. A good moral and message were in it for our youth.