DVD - 2014 | Polish | Full screen edition.
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A moving and intimate drama about a young novice 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.
Publisher: [United States] : [Publisher not identified], 2014.
Edition: Full screen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD Polish IDA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.
digital, optical, Dolby, rda
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Jul 21, 2018

First of all anyone concerned about lack of spoiler alerts should stay away from these comments prior to watching a movie. If the viewer is curious regards the contents of movies such as "Ida" then there are many sites dedicated to giving outlines and critical ratings. As for those who panned "Ida" below I suggest you have gorged your brains on a relentless diet of American efforts which far too often value action and obviousness over character portrayal. "Ida" receives two thumbs up from a fan of foreign movies particularly those in black and white.

Mar 21, 2018

Like the director of the movie, I also left Poland at the age of 14. I was eager to watch it with my family, but I am glad that only my American-born husband and I wasted our time doing so.

We found the movie boring, shallow, undeveloped, with not much of scenery, containing sparse dialogue, many close-ups of internally conflicted characters, and scenery that could have been taken from any European country.

The movie left me wonder about the sanity of the director and what motivated him to create a movie about a topic, which he obviously had little, if any, knowledge about. In my opinion, the movie is a great disappointment and time waster.

Feb 02, 2018

One of the most beautifully shot films I've seen in a very long time.

Jan 18, 2018

Wonderful, hauntingly beautiful movie. For those of us familiar with history of Poland and her people the story line captured the stoic and yet hopeful heart. The grey/white of film as well as numerous silent moments gives viewers time to get in touch with emotions within oneself in a serene setting. Time well spent. Some viewers will get it, others not.

Oct 20, 2017

great story, fantastic black and white filming, surprises continuously

Oct 05, 2017

Yes, yes, yes, it's slow. It's also beautifully made and a bit haunting.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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