The box-office success of 2013’s Philomena (which enjoyed a worldwide gross of $100 million on a $12 million production budget) apparently convinced the BBC that movies about women — even older women — do make money. Philomena paved the way for Woman in Gold, another based-on-true-events movie about a daffy septuagenarian who teams up with a younger, book-learned man to right a wrong from her past.
In Woman in Gold, Helen Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, a Jewish survivor of World War II, who crusaded against the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime. Among them is the famed portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Altmann’s aunt. She is joined in her search for Austria’s “Mona Lisa” by Ryan Reynolds, who plays Altmann’s loyal attorney.
Woman in Gold opens April 25th.