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Ida Reviews

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February 28, 2019
I, Solemly Vow.


Pawlikowski's black and white anthem is not to be hummed along with but to be listened attentively, persistently and infinitely. This eerie relationship between a girl and her aunt, that has previously been explored in many ways in a side track, is the real truth of the film. Encountering someone for the first time in your life is always a sweet sugar-coated meet, but when someone with bitter language greets you and welcomes you with open arms, you are obliged to be hooked into it. And this is how Pawel Pawlikowski; the co-writer and director, reels you in, in his first act, a long lost elderly relative meeting you by describing you with the references of your parents, is something we can all connect with.

A cinematography that celebrates the authentic busyness and emptiness of other characters' lifestyle is how the maker is speaking with us. A hitchhiking friend inviting you, a woman asking for the blessings of a child and a man on his deathbed regretting his deeds. These gem like moments aside, Pawlikowski has a poised manner in even crafting out a musical sequence, lost in an abyss feeling, he jarres his viewers with silent pitches.

Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) our rooting contender, is the familiar nun on the verge of claiming her vows, speaks very little through her words but aplenty with her eyes. Personally, I will be biased to her aunt Wanda played beautifully by Agata Kulesza whose character is simply more cinematic than any other. Brooding, mocking and judging every other person with generous body language, she is the soul reason why the film grows more compact and ironically free too. Ida is a love letter with very little romance in it, it is a ride you should take, that is all, no other bourgeois excuse required.
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2019
With a 1.37:1 aspect ratio and a gorgeous, oppressive cinematography in black and white, this gripping drama does a flawless job exploring the silence and empty spaces within the frames to underline the elusive void that is present in the lives of two women.
January 15, 2019
It is an amazing and beautiful movie. The cinematography is stunning, poetic and powerful. I specially like the ending - realizing the 'usual life' doesn't lead to the ultimate satisfaction and meaning in life. The only way out is the inner journey. The ending music is 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639' from Bach. It kept playing in my mind for days after watching the movie.
December 16, 2018
Hmm, I liked it but found it strange too. It brought up interesting themes and dilemmas. I didn't like the ending.
October 14, 2018
A collection of beautiful pictures.
March 12, 2018
A masterpiece of gorgeous shots and unsaid horrors
½ February 15, 2018
One of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen in my life. Also unfortunately it's really quite dull. At no point did I really care about the central characters or plot and it felt like a long film despite being refreshingly short.
February 6, 2018
It's incredible how something so silent can be so loud.(Metaphorically speaking)
½ January 17, 2018
Puntaje Original: 7.0

Con una innovadora propuesta visual y una envolvente historia con memorables personajes trabajados al detalle que convierten a Ida en un gran referente cinematográfico.
½ September 19, 2017
Anything positive thing you can say about a film is put in Ida.
June 17, 2017
A quiet and seemingly simple but very thought-provoking film.
March 23, 2017
A young initiate raised in an orphanage is instructed to connect with an aunt, her only living relative, before taking her vows. Her aunt informs her that she is actually Jewish, and that her parents were killed during WWII in a small village where they lived. She is committed to going there to find out what happened and to visit their graves, and her aunt agrees to go with her. Ida, quiet and very religious, does not get along well with her very worldly, hard-drinking aunt, who in turn resents Ida's decision to give up her life to the church. With it's beautiful black and white cinematography, 1.78:1 framing, and 1960's setting, this film is aesthetically reminiscent of an Eastern Bloc new wave film. It doesn't take the easy path of assuming Ida is simply wrong for devoting her life to the church or that her aunt is simply a drunken cynic. It goes surprising and interesting places.
March 2, 2017
Powerfully directed and beautifully filmed, "Ida" makes great use of its black-and-white 4:3 ratio, though also makes a few upsetting story decisions.
November 13, 2016
A phenomenal film. A meditation on faith, sex, WWII, communism, fascism, communal guilt, personal responsibility, and problems of identify.

All that, but gently woven into a sweet, sad, very human story about a young nun and her combat veteran atheist-Jewish aunt.
November 5, 2016
Beautifully filmed and thoughtful story
August 19, 2016
Abstractly personal.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2016
Every shot in this film is perfect. Every movement or emotion or dialogue is essential. An extraordinarily simple and powerful cinematic experience.
August 5, 2016
There's something about black and white that screams depression and alienation. Great story about the search for oneself inside your own belief, executed with perfection from the photography to the script, from the editing to the sound design, from the acting to the direction.
½ August 4, 2016
Two women star in a film about the consequences of violence and war (among a plethora of other great themes) but there are no gun shots heard or any blood dripping to add to the devastation. The cinematography is flawless and absolutely stunning. Go Lukasz Zal (who got to replace the original cinematographer early on)! Polish cinema is such a gift and here is one of its finest offerings.
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