Ida: Cedar Lee/Taste on Lee Rd

"One of the finest European films in recent memory." (A. O. Scott, NY Times)

Spare, haunting, uncompromising, "Ida" is a film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.... It is Trzebuchowska's face, and her character's situation, her existential and practical journey, that hold our interest in "Ida." (Kenneth Turan, LA Times)

7:25PM MOVIE at Cedar Lee

Meet us in the lobby ahead of time, look for us in the theater, or catch up with us near the outer doors after the film.


Just in case you don't connect with the group after the film, proceed over to the restaurant and ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.

We will take a short walk to the restaurant.  If you prefer to drive, they have a free parking lot in the back of the restaurant. 


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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  • Renu

    Based on the comments below--it looks like the film is continuing to haunt most of us.
    After living with it for a few days, I think one of the main themes of the film was about destiny and our lack of free will. In each scene--the characters were either down at the bottom or off to the side and each scene seemed like a box. The fact that it was filmed in black and white enhanced this feeling of confinement and serenity--an odd combination! The last scene was the exception: Anna runs towards the convent enthusiastically and she is in the center of the screen. So, is the director saying that we should try to understand and accept our destiny? Is that our purpose in life?

    June 9, 2014

    • Lynda

      I think maybe I need to see it again!

      1 · June 9, 2014

  • Nancy R.

    Enjoyed the film. I thought more about this, and believe that for a moment in time, the young girl (Nun), wanted to be like her Aunt and that is why she met up with the young man.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Harlan

    Our table was mostly Jews from Poland and Russia, so the conversation tended to drift in that direction, but the more I think about it, the more I feel it was intended to be about the people, place, and time, and the role of faith and values in making difficult decisions.
    Thanks again for organizing.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Renu

    This was a good film--but, I'm not sure it was a masterpiece (a comment that many critics made).
    The managers at Taste were very accommodating and having the room to ourselves was a treat. Good discussion after--great to see everyone!

    June 8, 2014

  • Lynda

    I found myself thinking about Ida long after it was over, and points I could have added while at the restaurant.
    This movie was very conducive to discussion, and Taste provided the perfect place for it. I liked the arrangement of tables--separate yet interdependent--so that the buzz of all the different conversations could be heard while focusing on your own table.
    . Great choices, Renu!

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Jims

    That was a very well-made film. Thanks Renu for scheduling it.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • ellen

    Always fun to watch a movie and then discuss it with others. You get such a great prespective based on others thoughys

    June 8, 2014

  • Renu

    So looking forward to "Ida" tonight. The movie actually starts at 7:25pm. Since, most sat. nights are quite busy at the Cedar Lee, please arrive at the theater around 7pm and sit where it is most comfortable for you. The best way to interact with other members of our group is to join us at the restaurant.
    "Taste" is providing us with a separate room. After the movie, we will wait outside the entrance of the Cedar Lee for a few minutes--and then walk to the restaurant. If you prefer to drive, they do have parking in the back of the restaurant.
    If you do not connect with us after the movie--please proceed to the restaurant and ask for the "movie group".

    2 · June 7, 2014

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