A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

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Pawel Pawlikowski

Writers:

Pawel Pawlikowski (screenplay), Rebecca Lenkiewicz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Agata Kulesza ... Wanda
Agata Trzebuchowska ... Anna
Dawid Ogrodnik ... Lis
Jerzy Trela ... Szymon
Adam Szyszkowski ... Feliks
Halina Skoczynska Halina Skoczynska ... Mother Superior
Joanna Kulig ... Singer
Dorota Kuduk Dorota Kuduk ... Kaska
Natalia Lagiewczyk Natalia Lagiewczyk ... Bronia
Afrodyta Weselak Afrodyta Weselak ... Marysia
Mariusz Jakus ... Barman
Izabela Dabrowska ... Waitress
Artur Janusiak Artur Janusiak ... Policeman
Anna Grzeszczak Anna Grzeszczak ... Neighbour
Jan Wojciech Poradowski Jan Wojciech Poradowski ... Father Andrew (as Jan Wociech Poradowski)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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poland | nun | 1960s | jew | convent | See All (185) »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking | See all certifications »

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First five drafts of the script were written by Cezary Harasimowicz. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Wanda: What sort of sacrifice are these vows of yours?
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Referenced in CT na MFF Karlovy Vary 2019: Nabarvené ptáce (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

24 mila baci
Music by Adriano Celentano
Lyrics by Lucio Fulci and Piero Vivarelli
Performed by Joanna Kulig
[Released in 1961 by Jolly Records (J. 2014)]
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Amazing movie, amazing technique, acting, music, and story
24 May 2014 | by bruce-129See all my reviews

Ida was a dark somber tragic story expressed perfectly in film.

I am not a big fan of black and white "art" movies done for effect, except the old black and white movies, but Ida was filmed so perfectly, and the stark black and white was so integral to the story and feeling of the movie it was really perfect.

I am not a big fan of jazz either, but again, the choice of Coltrane's jazz music for parts of this film really let you feel what jazz is all about, it was beautiful.

The story was of an orphan nun who is preparing to take her final vows to God. The Mother Superior calls her in and tells her about who she is. Ida grew up not knowing her name or anything about her family. Ida finds that she has an aunt nearby and is told to go to see her before taking her vows.

The slow, heavy and deliberate pace of the movie express the story so perfectly, and there is no pandering or cheap shots, the movie is beautifully done. This is a story that is not for everyone, or every time, but I am glad it was made and that I saw it.

I have to give it a 10/10 for pure craftsmanship and cinematic perfection.


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Country:

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Language:

Polish | Latin | French

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ida See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,438, 4 May 2014

Gross USA:

$3,827,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,156,836
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Dolby Digital

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1.37 : 1
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