Ida

Ida

DVD | Polish
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A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,Dolby,rda
1 DVD-video (82 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 07, 2016

Extraordinary Academy Award-winning Polish film about the force of history and why individual reckoning matters. Eerie, beautiful, haunting, and made somehow more potent through its silences and grey colour palette.

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Nursebob
Nov 11, 2016

Filmed in soft shades of white and grey in the intimate 1.37:1 Academy ratio, writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski adapts a tragic chapter from his own family history to produce a story wherein one woman’s shaken faith comes to represent the shame of an entire nation. Moving from cloistered interiors to a world of earthly temptations, Pawilkowski’s Anna (brilliantly downplayed by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is a study in forbearance and quiet suffering, her gaze perpetually downcast with only those preternaturally dark eyes betraying the upheavals within. And then, as if to highlight Anna’s humility—or bewilderment—Pawlikowski uses doorways, arches, and windows to divide the screen into discreet geometric spaces, often relegating his human characters to the lower quadrants while bare walls, open skies, and the occasional telling artwork or Catholic bauble dwarf them from above. Austere wintry settings and a soft classical score tie everything together beautifully.

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garycornell
Nov 08, 2016

Let me add my recommendation to an already long list of favorable reviews and awards for the film "Ida". A really absorbing film on two sisters search for what happened to their parents during World War II. The film is beautifully shot in black and white. The movie is gripping from start to finish. A good way to spend an evening!

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Leslier012
Jul 17, 2016

Haven't seen the movie, yet...But would have appreciated if some of the haters had started their critique with 'spoiler alert' at the beginning of their comments.

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bjohns
Feb 27, 2016

Fantastic black and white cinematography. You really got a sense of the bleakness of Communist Poland. The acting was superb if you can get into the story. Other reviewers have said there is not much of a family secret - don't believe them! The secrets go deep as do the wounds.

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GerryD
Nov 23, 2015

I was a bit unsure of borrowing this movie due to the recent very negative comments. Upon watching it though, both my wife and I quite enjoyed it and would give it a 4.5. Tastes are quite subjective, but it is hard to agree with previous comments that the movie dragged on, particularly when it is an 80 minute movie. Yes, it has a slow pace, but that is a welcome change from watching endless shootings, explosions, and vehicle chases that are typical summer Hollywood fare. I am a movie buff, having watched over 2,000 movies, including almost 300 foreign films. As stated on the Roger Ebert site: "Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, "Ida" would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country." This film has a mass audience; for example, over 29,000 ratings on the IMDb site with average of 7.4 out of 10, and over 16,700 ratings on the "Rotten Tomatoes" site with an average of 79% "Like" rating. Also, it has a "Metacritic" rating of 91 and an AMG rating of 4.5 out of 5.

If anyone is interested, I have several movie lists (by country), plus two lists of movies from the 2,000's, on the OPL site under "GerryD".

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COURIER3
Oct 10, 2015

30 minutes of viewing. Just could not get into it with black & white a captions.

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borges88Laberinto
Sep 04, 2015

This is a movie with substance and heart. Of course it's slow. (That may even be the point.) Moving, real, and beautiful.

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akirakato
Aug 29, 2015

This is a 2013 drama directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.
Although it is supposed to be a tale of moral and spiritual awakening of a young novitiate, her dark family secret is NOT dark enough.
And Ida's awakenig seems depicted quite shallowly and trivially.
It is kinda letdown.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2015

Accompanied by her aunt, Ida who was raised in a convent
went back to her isolated home town to visit her parent's grave. A simple but powerful story from the past. A memorable quote is when Ida asked her friend about their future beyond life in the convent - See quote.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2015

-We're off to Gdansk to do some gigs. Wanna come? Ever been to the seaside?
Ida: I haven't been anywhere.

-Come along, then...You'll listen to us play, we'll walk on the beach.
Ida: And then?

-Then we'll buy a dog...Get married, have children...Get a house.
Ida: And then?

-The usual. Life.

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