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Movie: Ida



Description:                     From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) 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. 18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism. In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, IDA is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; IDA is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

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  • Elizabeth F.

    I read a description of the film - Anna/Ida was only 18!

    The Mother Superior's motivation to send Anna to her AuntieWanda intrigues me. They (the convent) had told her nothing about her background, or that she had any family, and at the 11th hour (or a week or so before she intended to take her vows) she's told she categorically must go to visit with her aunt.

    What a legacy she now bears.

    Don't want to put any spoilers here - I'd certainly recommend seeing it.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Hildy

    A very interesting film which deals not only with the issue of Jewish property taken over by Poles after the Shoah but also with the much more emotional issue of a Jewish child saved and raised by Catholic nuns. One could understand how this child, now a young woman, a novitiate, deals with the sudden revelation that she is Jewish. There have been similar decisions made by other Jewish children saved and raised by the Catholic church. A few aspects of the family's history were not explained, but the audience could make reasonable assumptions.

    July 6, 2014

  • Barbara L.

    I know this is off topic but... Help!
    Our pet sitting arrangements just fell through & we have a vacation scheduled August 17 - 23. Does anyone know anyone who might be interested in pet sitting (at their home) an extremely easygoing cocker spaniel who loves people but doesn't like dogs?
    Sam is 9 & loves nothing better than to spend all day cuddled up with his humans. He's used to Marty being home most of the time since he retired, and boy does he love that! Sam is a gentle dog who
    relatively recently had surgery on his knees, so he's fairly calm and won't be running around much. Actually, he's fairly easy to take care of. But he's used to being around people and he really won't do well in
    a kennel or left by himself in the house for long periods of time.
    We're really kind of stuck. So if you, or anyone you know, would be interested in pet sitting our delightful dog, please let us know! Email us at [masked] or call[masked]-0998.
    Marty and Barbara Levin

    June 30, 2014

    • Barbara L.

      he's taking a basics class via Aish in the Old City for 2 weeks and then plans to do a week of volunteering afterwards. Sounds ike he's having the time of his life - he especially loved Shabbat at the Kotel.

      July 6, 2014

    • Elizabeth F.

      1. Would love to dog sit your fur baby, but I've two cats - one that's 17 years old and she's never been fond of dogs (dead scared of them), so the old lady can't take the stress. 2. Sounds if your son is having a terrific time, and yes, shabbat in Jerusalem is best, at the Kotel, even better!! :)

      July 6, 2014

  • Sara A.

    Will be off to Israel but I hope you all enjoy the film and we get a chance to chat about it when I get back!

    July 5, 2014

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    A former member

    I saw the movie. It's terrific.

    July 4, 2014

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