A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.
In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.
Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to 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.
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 »
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 »
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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The European art film industry could do better than acknowledging Ida as a phenomenal masterpiece, and, probably, the best European film of the year.Flat, pretentious and minimal in a bad sense, with characters immersed in a despair, socially constructed, gloomy without depth and without the existential background of a Tarkofsky film or the wit and the directory genius of a certain polish film called Knife in the water(yes it's the first Polanski movie), Ida is a film that I had to try hard watching without going to sleep.Yes I'm sure some people will find the meanings devastating and they will commend it's beautifully shot(I keep wondering, what's the purpose of the strange frames, with the faces at the bottom?), but I believe what we have here is a certain form of calligraphy, poor in ideas and totally trivial, I have already forgotten.It's a shame that this movie was selected to be the best European movie of the year, especially when there were such masterpieces this year as Calvary and Locke.
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