DVD Review: Ida

So about that nun thing...

Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) was raised in a Catholic orphanage. In the days before she is going to take her vows to become a nun herself, she's encouraged to go visit her aunt Wanda, (Agata Kulesza) her only known relative. When she goes there, she finds out that her given name was Ida, and she's actually Jewish. Her parents died during WWII, and Anna and Wanda go on a road trip of sorts to go find her parents' graves.

Let's get the good out of the way. This film was beautifully shot. Black and white was absolutely the best choice for this film and it's breathtaking to look at. It's too bad the rest of the film didn't live up to that. The film is about 80 minutes long, so it zips by, and leaves way too many questions than answers. 

It's sad because the story sounded so interesting on paper, and the film had a lot of potential, but it wastes it with boring side stories, a climax that doesn't really fit with the rest of the film, and way too many questions. Example without spoiling anything: Anna was dropped at the orphanage anonymously by some random with no relation whatsoever to her family. Yet they manage to track down her aunt? Who had assumed she too was dead up until that point? How?

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "So what now?" - Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska)


  1. Good questions. I generally liked the film, but it did have some open ends.

    1. I expected it to be better with all the praise it's been getting.

  2. I kinda loved this one, but it could've been due to Agata Kulesza's brilliant performance and the gorgeous cinematography. :/

    1. The cinematography in this film was stunning. I just expected to like it more, because it was great on paper.


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