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3.8
2,839 Ratings

Ida

Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
Poland, Denmark, 2013
Drama

Synopsis

Anna, a young novice nun in 1960s Poland, has to see her only living relative, Wanda, before she takes her vows. When she meets Wanda, Anna discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation, setting her on a journey to know who she really is and where she belongs.

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Ida Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

2015 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Winner: Best International Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

For Pawlikowski, working for the first time on film in his native Polish, this is more than a return to form after 2011’s The Woman in the Fifth: it’s immaculately, even a little self-consciously, a masterwork. There’s something eerily perfect about it, quite complete.
June 16, 2015
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Ida, from a certain perspective, is an unusual, wisely and economically told coming-of-age story; an unbiased, depoliticized and relatable portrayal of in fact a very particular, local, politically and religiously involved, yet universal subject matter. Pawlikowski lets the silence speak; and it does, proving that less is sometimes not more, but everything.
January 10, 2015
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[Ida] is a spare, haunting piece of minimalism, opening in silence on a black-and-white close-up of a young novice, the broad planes of her face calling to mind a young Renée Jeanne Falconetti. But if this convent-set overture primes us to expect a meditation on faith in the style of Dreyeror Bresson, what we get is both far simpler and even more profound, a still water that runs unspeakably deep.
September 25, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Bram Vroonland's rating of the film Ida

    I was profoundly impressed by this movie. It is the perfect example of how a simple premise, executed in a unique and brilliant way, can lead to a perfect film. In a way it takes movies about teenage self-discovery and classic road movies and infuses them with a refinedness that most of them lack. On top of that, every other shot is one of the prettiest ones you have ever seen.

  • Silvia Grădinaru's rating of the film Ida

    A journey about finding one's identity only to lose it again, a timeless immersion into the world of sacred values and sacred pleasures of life, this movie speaks about faith and the faithless, following three history landmarks: personal, worldly and divine. And all that in a rendering of black and white perfection.

  • Joe Hackman's rating of the film Ida

    Slow-paced and short is usually a winning combo for me. This one, though, is visually arresting, each shot carefully composed and brilliantly executed. Lead actress is gorgeous and compelling. Very glad this got a Best Cine nomination. Bravo! 4.5/5

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Ida

    Ida is a blast of aesthetic frenzy. It's too bad it's only that. Here, what's missing is not God, but a good script. Some scene's intentions were good, but at the end you keep thinking: why did Pawlikowski take me here? Bland contemplative sadness.

  • Andrei Herea's rating of the film Ida

    A film high on aesthetics; a pleasurable watch through and through. Yet it does give a feeling at times that film hasn't 'evolved' from the 60's. Then again, the 60's was (arguably) the best decade in cinema... At the end of the day; If you loved its aesthetics, the care and consideration for symbols and underlying themes and wished for something more than perhaps you got: You should see Karel Kachyna's NOC NEVĚSTY.

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Ida

    Hands down the best BW photography I've seen in a long time, but the direction makes it over-stylized and even anti-spiritual, you can tell Pawel aims for a solemn look, but when you put your characters on the corners/sides of the frame on every single shot for postcard-like images you risk a visual monotony this film can't escape. And a sad, crowd-pleasing holocaust story for content? is there anything more facile?

  • Jesse Furgurson's rating of the film Ida

    Moments here moved me and it's all very pretty, but as a whole I don't really trust it, from the affected Max Headroom aesthetic to the fashionable vagueness that obscures both character psychology and its underlying historical argument, which near as I can tell is pretty wack.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Ida

    A wonderful achievement from director Pawel Pawlikowski that follows a young nun, just about to take her vows, who suddenly discovers her true identity and along with an aunt she has met for the first time begins to search for her history and her inner truth. The filmmaking is exquisite and reminds one of Dreyer in both visual sense and performance. Great script by the director and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Top marks.

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