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Ida (2013)

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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

Director:

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 Wociech Poradowski Jan Wociech Poradowski ... Father Andrew
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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 (184) »

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

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Poland | Denmark | France | UK

Language:

Polish | Latin | French

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Sister of Mercy See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,438, 4 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,827,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,298,355
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the film, in the scene where Wanda lays out photos of deceased relatives, the photo third row down, far left, is that of Irena Sendlerowa, a nurse and social worker who led a secret operation that saved the lives of 2,500 children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto during WW2. 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

Lis: ...come along then. You'll listen to us play, we'll walk on the beach.
Anna: And then?
Lis: Then we'll buy a dog... Get married, have children... Get a house.
Anna: And then?
Lis: The usual. Life.
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Soundtracks

Nie placz, kiedy odjade
Music by Marino Marini
Lyrics by Wanda Sieradzka de Ruig
Performed by Marino Marini & Joanna Kulig
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Saint Ida
23 June 2014 | by jadepietroSee all my reviews

This film is recommended.

Anna grew up in a Catholic orphanage, never knowing her parents. Deeply religious, she is slated to become a nun within a few weeks. However, before taking her vows, Anna must leave the convent and visit her only living relative, a cold and distant aunt. Upon their first meeting, she is told that she is really Ida, a Jewish niece. So begins their relationship and journey to find her past and specifically, her parent's unmarked graves.

With an unusually short film length of less than 90 minutes, Ida is an extremely well made film, sensitively directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Under the backdrop of 1960's Poland, the film's premise of presenting contrasting religions and lifestyles is its main attraction. The screenplay by the director and Rebecca Lenkiewicz has much to say and tells its linear narrative concisely and without any flourish.  Ida is a fine film that could have been a great film had its script added more dimension to its central character. Anna, or Ida, is mainly a saintly conduit, a devout presence who never seems to be real in any sense. She begins as an enigma and, surprisingly, rarely displays any strong emotional reaction when confronted with disturbing news.

Agata Trzebuchowska plays Ida / Anna and she is physically right for the role. The actress invests the right degree of innocence and vulnerability. Even more effective is Agata Kulesza as Ida's bitter and alcoholic Aunt Wanda. Her role has far more depth and the actress makes subtle choices in underplaying the anger and hostility within her complex character. It is a strong and memorable performance.

The film, beautifully photographed by Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, might have a smaller budget than most movies these days, but one never notices any lapse in quality as production values are of the highest caliber. With lovely black & white images and a lyrical score by Kristian Eidnes Andersen, Ida is superior filmmaking, even if some of the transitions and editing seems slightly abrupt. The film effectively deals with powerful themes that will resonate with any serious film-goer and deserves to be seen. GRADE: B

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