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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.

Our take

For his first film made in his native Poland, writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War) crafted the character study Ida: a personal and pensive historical drama, carefully composed and exquisitely rendered in black-and-white. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature.

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

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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Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, “Ida” would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.
May 02, 2014
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Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” set in Poland less than 20 years after World War II, has the precise, image-building control of a short story. The film is both delicate and unforgettable. The black-and-white compositions and the lighting at times evoke religious paintings, even as the cars and shabby nightclubs announce that the 1960s are here.
May 01, 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.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Ida

    Love how the camera frames people so they are pushed down to the lower edge, with the world pressing in from above. Deceptively simple yet complex plot, as the women take turns dealing with/withdrawing from the real world. The aunt's character is particularly moving and well-written. Her absurd court case at the beginning contrasts with Ida's serious case, which will never see trial. Passes the Bechdel test easily!

  • Paolo Simeone's rating of the film Ida

    It would have been very good if it weren't for one of the most awkward suicides in cinema history and the weird choice in postproduction to enhance blacks so much that everyone looks like a grey alien coming from afar to teach us coldness.

  • 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?

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