DVD - 2014 | 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.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Southport Music Corporation d/b/a Music Box Films, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9788379891719
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (16 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm)
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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, makes a shocking discovery about her past. 18-year old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole... Read More »

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Mar 16, 2019

I wish there were more of this director's films in the catalog.
It is a well crafted film. The B&W format is ideally suited.

Feb 09, 2019

This film did not go where I expected, and for that it should be lauded. But I have to admit, I was not much moved where it did go. Cinematically well done, but lacks drama and characterization of the main protagonists.

Feb 07, 2019

Beautiful film from this immensely talented director. Exquisite camera work and scenery. The script is spare and economical, this story is told with few words carefully chosen. Yet the characters come through powerfully. Highly recommended for fans of innovative film work. Director of My Summer Of Love, a stunner of a movie with a young fiery Emily Blunt.

Jan 20, 2019

After seeing Cold War in the theater, several friends mentioned that they enjoyed Ida more. I was happy to see it available through booth Hoopla and Kanopy. The story and characters are more developed. The cinematography is as stunning as Cold War. Both are shot in black and white. Joanna Kulig, the singer, is in both movies, although her singing is better in Cold War.

Another Pawlikowski movie, The Woman in the Fifth, is also available for streaming through Hoopla. It was the first Pawlikowski movie I'd seen, and couldn't finish watching.

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.

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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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