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Anna–A Woman Warrior a la “La Femme Nikita”?

This unexpectedly stylish action movie from  French filmmaker Luc Besson opens in 1990 at a local Moscow market.  Anna, a  beautiful young Russian (Sasha Luss), is selling Matryoshka nesting dolls.  A talent scout offers her work in a Paris modeling agency, a chance for her to leave a future of poverty in a relationship with  an abusive, violent thief. As Anna  progresses,  Anna’s life improves: as  a popular model in Paris–particularly with Russian oligarchs. A  KGB agent (Luke Evans from The Alienist) recognizes her  utility as a covert spy and she...

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“Woman in Gold”—A Glimmer of Retribution

  The movie “Woman In Gold” is based on the remarkable story of the octogenarian Austrian-American woman, Maria Altmann (played by the always sensational Helen Mirren). Maria fights to reclaim the Gustav Klimt masterpiece of her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy art collector of Klimt paintings. “Portrait of the Jewess Adele”. More popularly known as “The Woman in Gold”, this masterpiece was the Austrian equivalent of the “Mona Lisa”.     Art repatriation–the return of art looted or stolen from its country of origin or former owners (or their heirs)—is just becoming a political maelstrom....

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“The Debt”–Did We See the Same Movie?

In this remake of a popular 2007 Israeli movie, the genre label “espionage thriller” is an understatement.   The movie opens in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad agents Rachel and Stefan (married to each other but now divorced.)  Then “The Debt” moves quickly and chillingly between the 1960’s and 1997, in search for the Surgeon of Birkenau, a doppelganger for Mengele, the infamous Nazi general who masterminded the medical butchery of the Holocaust. Helen Mirren, playing the courageous Mossad operative Rachel Singer, appears in 1997 for a book-signing...

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