Ida Review

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A young nun embarks on a journey to discover the fate of her parents during World War II.


Pawel Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the story of a young Jewish woman (Agata Kulesza) who, on the verge of becoming a nun, accompanies her aunt on a more prosaic, but no less significant journey: to discover her parents’ fate during the Nazi occupation. The stage is set for a tale as bleak as a Warsaw winter, but beneath the icy surface, emotions run surprisingly deep, thanks to a captivating central performance of the less-is-more variety.

Pawlikowski has a photographer’'s eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland’s tragic, turbulent past.