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Just saw Ida. Hope it wins the Academy Awards.

 

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I loved Ida, the Polish drama by Paweł Pawlikowski. Having been to Poland researching my book, and falling in love with the country, it’s a treat to see it portrayed so beautifully on screen.

Ida is  about a Polish-Jewish girl who was hidden in a convent and raised as a Catholic during World War II, and her aunt who joined the Communist resistance and became a judge after the war. Together, they learn how their family died. The film doesn’t hit one false note and the cast must get a large part of the credit.

Agata Trzebuchowska, below, plays Ida in such a lovely, understated way.

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Agata Kulesza plays Ida’s aunt and it’s impossible to take your eyes off her. Such a deeply moving performance.

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Dawid Ogrodnik plays Ida’s love interest, with an originality and 1950s sweetness that makes you wish all boys were still like that today .

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David Denby of The New Yorker said in his May article, Ida: A Film Masterpiece, “We are so used to constant movement and compulsive cutting in American movies that the stillness of the great new Polish film “Ida” comes as something of a shock.I can’t recall a movie that makes such expressive use of silence and portraiture; from the beginning, I was thrown into a state of awe by the movie’s fervent austerity.”

I can’t agree more. (Read the full article here: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/ida-a-film-masterpiece) I liked this film better than any of the American films up for awards this year.

 

Ida has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography at the 87th Academy Awards. I’ll be watching February 22nd, fingers crossed.