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Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
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Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. Written by
The city of Lódz, where the film was shot, provided some of the film's budget. See more »
Flopped image. Near the end, Ida is resting in bed with her head on a pillow, to the left side of the screen. The close up shot is from above looking down and the image is flipped. A small mole that has been on her right cheek throughout the film is, in this shot, on her left side, and returns to her right side in the following shots. See more »
Do you have sinful thoughts sometimes?
About carnal love?
That's a shame. You should try, otherwise what sort of sacrifice are these vows of yours?
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In a nutshell, I'd say that "Ida" is what one would call an "art" film. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And, in being an "art" film - Because its story was delivered in such a bleak, dry, dull-edged and slow-paced fashion, I, personally, consider it to be a very poor example of the genre that it represents. This is the sort of film that could only appeal to a very small and select audience.
"Ida" is one of those films where (due to its completely barren storytelling), one finds their mind wandering to other matters as the story progresses at a literal snail's pace.
Due to all of the unwarranted praise that "Ida" has garnered for itself
You can surely bet that had this stark, dead-end film been a
Hollywood production no one would be giving it even the slightest bit of attention.
But, just because "Ida" is a foreign production (from Poland) critics, and the likes, are literally falling all over themselves with praise and admiration for such a depressingly miserable picture as this.
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