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
Cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski quit the film after shortly into filming, allegedly for medical reasons, though director Pawel Pawlikowski has later said that Lenczewski left because he did not care for the film and that they would not be working together again. He was replaced by Lukasz Zal, who had been a camera operator on the film. See more »
When Ida is in a church, the priest seems to be getting ready to say Mass and we see a versus populum altar, which didn't become the norm until years later after Vatican II. The movie takes place in 1961 and the priest would have been saying Mass on the high altar. See more »
...come along then. You'll listen to us play, we'll walk on the beach.
Then we'll buy a dog... Get married, have children... Get a house.
The usual. Life.
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7 Dni w Kraju i na Swiechie - Uniwersytet w Akrze
By Authors Slawomir Szof, Henryk Kollat and Janusz Lipinski
V/O Tadeusz Kazimierski See more »
Ida is magnificent, it will stay with me a long time. The narrative is powerfully compelling and yet if it had been a non-narrative film I would have been spellbound by the images alone. They should make a coffee table book of stills from it. Huge emotional issues are dealt with in a remarkably understated, unsentimental, but appropriate way. The use of music (often my pet peeve in these days of Hollywood formula) is enlightened and illustrative. I don't think the ending is ambiguous, I'm not sure the writer who wrote that understood it. Perhaps there is something slightly facile about the way things wrap up in the last 15 minutes of the film, but this is only in comparison with how beautifully they are laid out before that. Enough, this is not really a review, it is an exhortation - Go see Ida!
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