Ida Reviews

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December 31, 2015
Ida is not only an evocation of early '60s Poland, the period of Pawlikowski's childhood, but a film that gives the illusion that it could have been made then.
February 6, 2015
Now that Paweł Pawlikowski's haunting Polish film has been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, Ida is back in the conversation. Let yourself be enveloped by a modern cinema classic.
January 5, 2015
Nestled within its sins-of-the-elders narrative is a faintly charming cross-generational bonding picture, pairing a worldly cynic with a young girl taking her last gasp of secular air before giving her life to the Lord.
January 5, 2015
Trzebuchowska is certainly the film's other great asset: all the performances are great, but she is not even an actress, having been spotted by a producer in a cafe and hired almost on the spot. You'd never believe it.
January 5, 2015
Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past.
January 5, 2015
With her brassy, determined aunt, Ida sets off to find answers and discovers life beyond the convent walls in this leisurely but satisfying journey.
January 5, 2015
Don't adjust your set: the film is (strikingly) photographed in Bergman-esque shades of gray-and-white.
January 5, 2015
Pawlikowski is intelligent, sensitive to mood and willing to defy fashion -- and this last quality, in particular, is rare enough to be worth valuing.
January 5, 2015
This frugal, static film in black and white is wondrous with life and drama. First-time actress Agata Trzebuchowska has a face you could watch forever.
December 6, 2014
There is not a frame in this austere spiritual journey that isn't a thing of heartfelt beauty.
October 22, 2014
Ida is haunting and devastatingly beautiful; perhaps my favorite film to come out so far this year, foreign language and otherwise.
September 28, 2014
For all its sombre subject matter, there is warmth here too; personal, musical, spiritual.
September 28, 2014
"A comeback marked by crystalline conviction ... suffused with the ache of loss but streaked with hope and humour."
September 26, 2014
Ida juxtaposes socialism and religion, repression and liberation, while mining the grey spaces in between.
September 26, 2014
One of its wonders is that, in spite of its grim underlying themes, Ida has the lightness, grace, humour and visual inventiveness of the New Wave movies of the Sixties to which it pays such obvious homage.
September 26, 2014
Set in an austere, almost abandoned Poland during the early 1960s, director Pawel Pawlikowski's first feature made in his homeland is a spare, haunting piece of minimalism.
September 25, 2014
A bracing and powerful drama about cultural roots and the nature of identity from director Pawel Pawlikowski.
September 25, 2014
Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past.
September 25, 2014
Look at Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, and have your eyes opened to what rich glories a monochrome palette can achieve.
June 27, 2014
Consider "Ida" the first offering in a summer celebrating Polish cinema and the latest masterpiece in a powerful tradition.
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