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From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, 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 (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), 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 Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"Consider "Ida" the first offering in a summer celebrating Polish cinema and the latest masterpiece in a powerful tradition."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A film with meat and bones sorely lacking in heart."
‑ Mark Matousek, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Maybe a black and white Polish road movie set fifty years ago does not promise a fun night at the flicks. But you would be wrong. Ida is truly extraordinary experience."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
"After two striking British dramas (Last Resort and My Summer of Love) and a clever French mystery (The Woman in the Fifth), filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski returns home to Poland to tell a simple story that bursts with deeper meaning."
‑ Rich Cline,
"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."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"In the end, Ida has to confront where she's come from, decide who she is and who she wants to be. Then again, don't we all?"
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A thing of beauty that overstays its welcome. It's possible that Pawlikowski would be a great artist if he weren't so hellbent on convincing us of it."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Pawlikowski paints his world with disarmingly delicate brushstrokes."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
""A comeback marked by crystalline conviction ... suffused with the ache of loss but streaked with hope and humour.""
‑ Guy Lodge, This is London
"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."
‑ Catherine Wheatley, Sight and Sound
"As the heroine who bounces back from one potential catastrophe after another, Trzebuchowska always suggests resilience. She's got a lot on her mind, but we know she'll survive."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A masterpiece."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"For all its sombre subject matter, there is warmth here too; personal, musical, spiritual."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Ida juxtaposes socialism and religion, repression and liberation, while mining the grey spaces in between."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Stark but beautiful, understated but hauntingly entrancing, this sublime drama confirms Pawlikowski's place among the best of modern Polish directors."
‑ Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times
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