Mirren's performance is nuanced and entrancing. Maria isn't just a power house visionary, she is an elderly woman simply trying to get one of her last remnants of family back. She gets tired and angry. She offers Randy cough drops and wipes the stains of his suit. But she is also a very important part of history.
Woman in Gold is one of those very important films that tells a story, harrowing and true but so full of hope you can't help but get entranced.