Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata,Kulesz
Ida is a multi-award winning Polish/Danish co-production set in 1960ís Poland and is chillingly filmed in black & white. The story centres on Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) a young novice in a convent who is advised by her mother superior to visit her long-lost aunt (Agata Kulesz) before takings her vows. The aunt holds vital information about Anna which must be communicated.
Anna soon learns of her Jewish heritage and that her real name is Ida. Together they embark on a road trip in search of answers, inquisitive as to what became of her family.
This haunting film touches on the Jewish Holocaust and explores forgotten identities and harrowing family secrets.
Trzebuchowska is daunting as Ida and restores this reserved and ghostly character to life. Kulesz also delivers as the aunt, who was once a respectable high court judge but who now has slithered into a life of promiscuity with a questionable reputation. Both performances are memorable and well executed.
This film unfolds slowly, but its beauty is enchanting, remaining intense and mesmerising throughout.
Ida is simplistic and skilfully utilises various techniques such as oddly centred camera shots, dark photography and isolated landscapes to enhance the atmosphere of death and mystery. These qualities also effectively enhance the emptiness of the central characters. JAKE † †