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Foreign Movie Friday

Ida

Still playing in some theaters around the USA.

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Country: Poland

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski

Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Starring: Agata Kulesza & Agata Trzebuchowska

 

Understated, beautiful, dark and surprising. Ida tells the story of a nun in the 1960’s who embarks on a journey before taking her vows. The story is intriguing, genuine, and heartbreaking at times all shot in black & white cinematography that did tend to linger longer than necessary. The juxtaposition between Ida and her Aunt Wanda, as well as life in convent versus outside is executed with tremendous finesse. And oh my God, Agata Trzebuchowska’s eyes, even in black & white, conveyed every nuanced emotion the young nun was going through. I don’t want to divulge too much because part of the enjoyment for me stemmed from knowing it was only a story about a nun, but this Polish film deserves any and all praise it receives.

 

9.5/10

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