Downloadable Video - 2014 | Polish
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From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski 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. Winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Publisher: [United States] : Music Box Films : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 80 min.)) : sd., col


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Feb 02, 2018

One of the most beautifully shot films I've seen in a very long time.

Jan 18, 2018

Wonderful, hauntingly beautiful movie. For those of us familiar with history of Poland and her people the story line captured the stoic and yet hopeful heart. The grey/white of film as well as numerous silent moments gives viewers time to get in touch with emotions within oneself in a serene setting. Time well spent. Some viewers will get it, others not.

Oct 20, 2017

great story, fantastic black and white filming, surprises continuously

Oct 05, 2017

Yes, yes, yes, it's slow. It's also beautifully made and a bit haunting.

Harriet_the_Spy Dec 07, 2016

Extraordinary Academy Award-winning Polish film about the force of history and why individual reckoning matters. Eerie, beautiful, haunting, and made somehow more potent through its silences and grey colour palette.

Nov 11, 2016

Filmed in soft shades of white and grey in the intimate 1.37:1 Academy ratio, writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski adapts a tragic chapter from his own family history to produce a story wherein one woman’s shaken faith comes to represent the shame of an entire nation. Moving from cloistered interiors to a world of earthly temptations, Pawilkowski’s Anna (brilliantly downplayed by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is a study in forbearance and quiet suffering, her gaze perpetually downcast with only those preternaturally dark eyes betraying the upheavals within. And then, as if to highlight Anna’s humility—or bewilderment—Pawlikowski uses doorways, arches, and windows to divide the screen into discreet geometric spaces, often relegating his human characters to the lower quadrants while bare walls, open skies, and the occasional telling artwork or Catholic bauble dwarf them from above. Austere wintry settings and a soft classical score tie everything together beautifully.

Nov 08, 2016

Let me add my recommendation to an already long list of favorable reviews and awards for the film "Ida". A really absorbing film on two sisters search for what happened to their parents during World War II. The film is beautifully shot in black and white. The movie is gripping from start to finish. A good way to spend an evening!

Jul 17, 2016

Haven't seen the movie, yet...But would have appreciated if some of the haters had started their critique with 'spoiler alert' at the beginning of their comments.

Feb 27, 2016

Fantastic black and white cinematography. You really got a sense of the bleakness of Communist Poland. The acting was superb if you can get into the story. Other reviewers have said there is not much of a family secret - don't believe them! The secrets go deep as do the wounds.

Nov 23, 2015

I was a bit unsure of borrowing this movie due to the recent very negative comments. Upon watching it though, both my wife and I quite enjoyed it and would give it a 4.5. Tastes are quite subjective, but it is hard to agree with previous comments that the movie dragged on, particularly when it is an 80 minute movie. Yes, it has a slow pace, but that is a welcome change from watching endless shootings, explosions, and vehicle chases that are typical summer Hollywood fare. I am a movie buff, having watched over 2,000 movies, including almost 300 foreign films. As stated on the Roger Ebert site: "Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, "Ida" would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country." This film has a mass audience; for example, over 29,000 ratings on the IMDb site with average of 7.4 out of 10, and over 16,700 ratings on the "Rotten Tomatoes" site with an average of 79% "Like" rating. Also, it has a "Metacritic" rating of 91 and an AMG rating of 4.5 out of 5.

If anyone is interested, I have several movie lists (by country), plus two lists of movies from the 2,000's, on the OPL site under "GerryD".

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Aug 17, 2015

-We're off to Gdansk to do some gigs. Wanna come? Ever been to the seaside?
Ida: I haven't been anywhere.

-Come along, then...You'll listen to us play, we'll walk on the beach.
Ida: And then?

-Then we'll buy a dog...Get married, have children...Get a house.
Ida: And then?

-The usual. Life.


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