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Ida (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 October 2013 (Poland)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wanda
... Anna
... Lis
... Szymon
... Feliks
Halina Skoczynska ... Mother Superior
Joanna Kulig ... Singer
Dorota Kuduk ... Kaska
Natalia Lagiewczyk ... Bronia
Afrodyta Weselak ... Marysia
... Barman
... Waitress
Artur Janusiak ... Policeman
Anna Grzeszczak ... Neighbour
Jan Wociech Poradowski ... Father Andrew
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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 Anonymous

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

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Sister of Mercy  »

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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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The Danish composer Kristian Eidnes Andersen is credited, but much of his music was cut in favor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Jupiter Symphony. 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: Do you have sinful thoughts sometimes?
Anna: Yes.
Wanda: About carnal love?
Anna: No.
Wanda: That's a shame. You should try, otherwise what sort of sacrifice are these vows of yours?
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Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

7 Dni w Kraju i na Swiechie - Uniwersytet w Akrze
By Authors Slawomir Szof, Henryk Kollat and Janusz Lipinski
V/O Tadeusz Kazimierski
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Black-and-White perfect choice for Ida
3 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This b&w film is engraved in my memory.

The producer told her audience at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Mexico) that finding funding for a b&w film took a long time. How wise she and the director were to hold out because b&w gives the film its period feel (the events occur 1961-62).

The story, occasionally too linear, is believable overall, at times all too believable. Its subtext: coming of age, Communism's excesses in Poland, peasant-Jewish relations during the Holocaust, worldliness vs. faith. And yes, they all work.

The aunt is played by a justly renowned Polish actress, the novice nun by an amateur who despite the film's success in Poland doesn't want to continue to act.

I don't want to spill over into spoilers, will sum up by saying that viewers will see a complex film simply told, set during Poland's painful post-war years and a no-holds-barred look at how various Poles treated Jews during the Second World War.

Ida played to large audiences in Poland where the film was generally praised, despite receiving flak from a few detractors as either anti-Polish or anti-Jewish, a fact reinforcing my view that the film owes part of its power to avoiding stereotypes. A compelling, technically excellent film worth the care lavished on it.


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