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Ida

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Poland, Denmark, France
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2013

Rated PG-13 · 1h 22m

Director Paweł Pawlikowski
Starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig
Genre Drama
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In 1960s Poland, Anna, a young novitiate, is about to take her vows when her prioress tells her that she must first visit her only surviving relative: Wanda, her hard-drinking, chain-smoking aunt. During the visit, Wanda informs her of a family secret that changes her life forever.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Mina Rhee Profile picture for Mina Rhee

A quietly powerful film about the searching for meaning where there is an absence, both religious and personal. The deliberate framing of each shot makes every moment of the film feel intensely emotionally charged and cooly considered at the same time.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

90

Village Voice by Aaron Cutler

Ida unfolds partly as chamber play and partly as road movie, following the two women on a search for their dead beloveds' anonymous graves.
75

Slant Magazine by Chris Cabin

Pawel Pawlikowski shows great empathy toward the idea of illusions as a way of attaining emotional stability in even the most brutal terrain.
83

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

If it does suffer slightly from an overall lack of urgency that will mean those looking for a more directly emotive experience may find it hard to engage with, the more patient viewer has rewards in store that are rich and rare indeed.
80

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Every moment of Ida feels intensely personal. It is a small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome: a sort of neo-new wave movie with something of the classic Polish film school and something of Truffaut, but also deadpan flecks of Béla Tarr and Aki Kaurismäki.
60

Variety by Peter Debruge

It’s one thing to set up a striking black-and-white composition and quite another to draw people into it, and dialing things back as much as this film does risks losing the vast majority of viewers along the way, offering an intellectual exercise in lieu of an emotional experience to all but the most rarefied cineastes.
80

The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

Ida’s piercing intimacy makes the deepest impression, but its vision is deceptively wide-reaching despite a scale that’s deliberately pared-down and small.
100

The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Frame by frame, Ida looks resplendently bleak, its stunning monochromes combining with the inevitable gloomy Polish weather and communist-era deprivations to create a harsh, unforgiving environment.

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