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Ida
 
 

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland 2013
82 mins. Polish dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 2015 OSCARS

 
Summary:
 
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. 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 living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"There is not a frame in this austere spiritual journey that isn't a thing of heartfelt beauty."  (Wendy Ide - The Times)

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