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Rated PG-13 · 80 minutes · 2014

Drama
Nothing is wasted in the austere Polish period piece, Ida. The story of a young nun, who days away from taking her vows learns that she is in fact a Jewish survivor of Nazi occupation, is told in gloriously bleak black and white, favoring minimal dialogue and narrative curves along the way. After hearing the news from her only living relative, Ida (doe-eyed Agata Trzebuchowska) begins a journey to look for evidence of her parents. Her aunt (Agata Kulesza) has spent her career as a Communist Party judge, and uses her influence and general ballbustitude to trace a couple of decades of lost (or buried) evidence about Ida’s past. Credit director Pawel Pawlikowski for creating what looks and sounds and feels very much like a movie of its era, with the jazz-pop sounds that emerged a few years later behind the Iron Curtain and that stark, unrefined monochromatic cinematography.
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Producer: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska and Christian Husum
Cast: Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Joanna Kulig, Dawid Ogrodnik and Adam Szyszkowski

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East Bay Express Ida The nun and the communist. by Kelly Vance 05/21/2014
New Times San Luis Obispo 2014: The Year in Film Ken Korman's Top 10 list of personal favorites from the films that debuted in New Orleans during 2014. by Ken Korman 12/22/2014
SF Weekly "Ida": A Search for Truth in Postwar Poland by Sherilyn Connelly 05/21/2014
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Chicago Reader Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski delivers a spiritual masterpiece In Ida, an innocent girl raised in a convent comes face-to-face with evil. by J.R. Jones 05/21/2014
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Ida Ken Korman says Pawel Pawlikowski’s drama is a fine antidote to summer blockbuster bombast and fluff by Ken Korman 09/02/2014
Creative Loafing Tampa Ida rather be a nun Polish import Ida offers a stark drama set in the 1960s. by Joe Bardi 06/23/2014
Chicago Reader Our guide to the European Union Film Festival at Gene Siskel Film Center More than 60 new features make their Chicago premieres through March at the European Union Film Festival. 03/05/2014
Gambit 2014: The Year in Film Ken Korman's Top 10 list of personal favorites from the films that debuted in New Orleans during 2014. by Ken Korman 12/22/2014
Gambit Review: Ida Ken Korman says Pawel Pawlikowski’s drama is a fine antidote to summer blockbuster bombast and fluff by Ken Korman 09/02/2014
Memphis Flyer Film Review: Ida Ida: a film about rebirth and one of the summer’s must-sees. by Addison Engelking 07/03/2014

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