Ida (2013) Is A Marvelous Character Study In Black and White [Review]

Set in the 60s, a Jewish nun named Ida embarks in a life-changing journey with her estrange aunt to learn more about her Jewish family and at the end, herself. Shot in a crisp black and white, the movie’s biggest asset is in fact its colourless background. The monochrome background just looks alive, heightened its surrounding which makes it perfect for a soul-searching drama. The cinematography also plays an important role in delivering a simple story.

Right, Ida has a straightforward script with no hidden layers or explosions (if that’s your thing), but as you might have guess, it has some of the most fascinating characters to watch. I actually think it’s best to view Ida as a character study film than a drama flick. The titular character Ida, played beautifully by debutant Agata Trzebuchowska, is one of those characters you can’t take your eyes off. Her naive expression in the beginning as the young novitiate was delicately control and by time successfully mold into an intriguing female character at the end. Polish film star Agata Kulesza as Ida’s damaged alcoholic aunt is another character who demands your attention. The way these two characters intertwined and played out is emotional and sincerely told.

My favorite scene is when they are in the car and Wanda being drunk while driving around town. Paweł Pawlikowski‘s Ida is surprisingly silent, mysterious and bewildering – three best combinations for an exhilarating movie experience.

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