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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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Ida is less about the Holocaust than its residual effects, focusing on its overlooked social repercussions."
‑ Shawn Hazelett, Under the Radar
"Director Pawel Pawlikowski has taken a real historic tragedy and personalized it in the characters of Anna/Ida and Wanda."
‑ Lewis Beale, News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
"The pace is deliberate, but this low-budget gem continues to build tension both internally and externally."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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
"As ascetic as you'd expect of a film depicting country in the Soviet Communist orbit, yet featuring a young woman who in just a week's time finds her life brightening for the first time."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"A poignant, unsettling and moving psychological drama about an unworldly 18-year-old novitiate nun."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A painterly act of contemplation and one to compare with any of the greatest films made about the nature of faith."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"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
"What is fascinating is how Pawlikowski reveals so much by simply sticking with Ida and Wanda and acutely observing their behavior."
‑ Eric Melin,
"The kind of film where people tend to be quick off the mark to slap the term "masterpiece" on it -- a term that's in danger of becoming as meaningless as "classic" has already become."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Devastatingly brisk at 80 minutes, "Ida" is a beautiful film to watch, with Pawilowski creating stunningly composed scenes that have the weight of historical photographs and the urgency of real life."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
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