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 Nazi occupation.

Writers:  Pawel Pawlikowski,Rebecca Lenkiewicz 
Director:  Pawel Pawlikowski
Stars:  Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Run time/Rating:  82 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter

Set in destroyed countryside of post WWII Poland, Ida is a young woman who is just weeks away from taking her vows and devoting her life to the Catholic Church. She is confronted by the senior “Mother” in her convent and told that she must go see her aunt in a near by village. He aunt is the only living member of her family.  After arriving at her aunt’s house she finds out that she was not born catholic.  Ida and her aunt set out on a search to find the grave of her family, her Jewish family.

Ida is quiet; curious but reserved and extremely sheltered, growing up in the convent she is a virgin in all senses of the word.  Her aunt is a lonely as well but with more drinks and male guests.  She is a former state prosecutor who is now an established judge but carries her sad history and alcoholism with her.  As a strong contrast to her niece however, she is bold and not afraid to ask for and demand if needed what she wants.  The film, more like Ida herself,  is also quiet, slow paced and still.  Soothing piano provides the score along with beautiful black and white establishing shots of the Polish countryside.  The movie is spectacularly shot and very deserving of its nomination in the cinematography category.  Although the story follows primarily on one track, there is the further introduction to the outside world when Ida meets a Saxophone playing hitchhiker.  It is just enough to mix up the hunt for her family’s history and keep the film moving.  Beyond the story, the performances are subtle but powerful in Ida.   It is the first of the foreign films I have seen but it is a very great one to start with.

Medium Popcorn with Butter.  

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