If you've seen the documentary "The Rape of Europa" you are already familiar with this well-known portrait of the lovely Jewish woman by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. This new movie provides the back-story of how the painting was fought for by the woman's niece, long after WWII, as works of art confiscated by the Nazis were displayed in European museums.
With a screenplay by Alexi Kaye Campbell based on his life story by E. Randol Schoenberg, director Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") brings us a fascinating character study as an elderly refugee and an inexperienced young lawyer sue the Austrian government via the U.S. Supreme Court, for her family treasure.
The breathtaking cityscapes of Vienna are worth the price of admission, as are the muted flashbacks which portray the elegant lives of affluent families in prewar Vienna followed by the subsequent brutality of the Nazis. Here we have people to root for and an issue that has, at its heart, the will to right a wrong done over half a century ago. Despite getting a bit soppy at times, this satisfying film is laced generously with humor and humanity. (Hotel clerk: "You're from Austria? My little girl loves Austria; she likes the kangaroos!")