Ida

Ida

Ida

Oscar-winning period drama shot in black and white, set in Poland 1962. Anna is a beautiful 18-year-old orphan preparing to be a nun, when the discovery of a living relative brings monumental change and the uncovering of painful truths... 

"UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski's (My Summer of Love, Last Resort) new film is an elegy for his homeland and an intimate, poetic exploration of the limits of faith. Orphaned during WWII, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) was brought up in a rural convent and in early '60s Poland is a young novice preparing to take her vows. When the Mother Superior insists she make contact with her last remaining relative, she meets her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a free-living intellectual working as a judge and secretly annihilating painful memories with a heady mix of sex and booze. Their encounter lifts the shroud off the dark secret of their family's past and both women must confront the devastating truth." (London Film Festival)

Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards; International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI), Toronto International Film Festival
2013Rating: M, Adult themes82 minsPoland, DenmarkPolish with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema
Director:
Pawel Pawlikowski ('The Woman in the Fifth', 'My Summer of Love', 'Last Resort')
Writer:
Pawel PawlikowskiRebecca Lenkiewicz
Cast:
Agata KuleszaAgata TrzebuchowskaDawid Ogrodnik
89%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Devoid of color and mirth... just the sort of joyless art film one might expect Polish nuns living under the clutches of 1960s communism to appreciate.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Every moment of Ida feels intensely personal. It is a small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Ida’s piercing intimacy makes the deepest impression, but its vision is deceptively wide-reaching despite a scale that’s deliberately pared-down and small.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Frame by frame, Ida looks resplendently bleak, its stunning monochromes combining with the inevitable gloomy Polish weather and communist-era deprivations to create a harsh, unforgiving environment.

0

The aesthetic beauty triumphs the storytelling.

3.0
0

If you love classic European cinema, if you are fed up with fast editing, over the top special effects and meaningless plots ... well, you probably will love IDA. This slow paced character study is visually stunning, and that's every single frame of it. It is an engrossing tale told simply and beautifully. Go see it.

5.0
0

Interesting wee story, tended to drag a little, but I really did love shots artistry. Tremendous b& w photography that proved a major contributor to the experience.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Devoid of color and mirth... just the sort of joyless art film one might expect Polish nuns living under the clutches of 1960s communism to appreciate.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Every moment of Ida feels intensely personal. It is a small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Ida’s piercing intimacy makes the deepest impression, but its vision is deceptively wide-reaching despite a scale that’s deliberately pared-down and small.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Frame by frame, Ida looks resplendently bleak, its stunning monochromes combining with the inevitable gloomy Polish weather and communist-era deprivations to create a harsh, unforgiving environment.

0

The aesthetic beauty triumphs the storytelling.

3.0
0

If you love classic European cinema, if you are fed up with fast editing, over the top special effects and meaningless plots ... well, you probably will love IDA. This slow paced character study is visually stunning, and that's every single frame of it. It is an engrossing tale told simply and beautifully. Go see it.

5.0
0

Interesting wee story, tended to drag a little, but I really did love shots artistry. Tremendous b& w photography that proved a major contributor to the experience.

3.0
0