Film review: Ida (12A, 82 mins)

Sister doing it for herself

Monday, 29th September 2014, 6:00 pm
Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska)
Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska)

Polish-born British director Pawel Pawlikowski, who won a BAFTA for My Summer Of Love, films in his homeland for the first time in this emotional 1960s-set drama.

Eighteen-year-old orphan Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) has been raised in a convent and devoted her life to God under the watchful gaze of the Mother Superior (Halina Skoczynska).

As Anna prepares to become a nun, Mother Superior insists the young woman reconnect with her past by visiting her sole living relative.

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So Anna abandons the safety of the convent and travels to meet her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a cynical Communist Party insider, who discloses that Anna’s real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation.

Devastated, Anna embarks on a heart-wrenching journey back to her family’s house in the countryside to unlock the secrets of her tragic past.