Ida

Ida

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naive, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naive, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska

Member Reviews

Wonderful. Sparse dialogue with thoughtful and beautiful cinematography telling a human story. A lovely find.

arnold
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4 days ago

great story. left in suspense...

sharab
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5 days ago

This movie deserves the Oscar they won.

station01mir
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8 months ago

Great director cut to next scene choices, leaving tactfully to the imagination, what could be. For example, prior to taking her vows, there is a scene that makes clear in the scene that follows, the tear that fell from her left eye while she waited in the pews while others were taking their vows. There are many other examples also. Killer photography. In one of the near-final scenes, they show Ida staring from what was formerly her aunt's bed. She holds so still for the right amount of time that the viewer is left to pause at an apex in the story. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) who likely would have been 20 or 21 during filming, is delicately fascinating.

deMora&Mordha
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11 months ago

A true work of heart.

ShutUp!
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1 year ago