IDA ( M)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

A YOUNG woman or­phaned at an early age is about to be­come a nun.

When word sur­faces Ida ( an as­ton­ish­ing per­for­mance by new­comer Agata Trze­bu­chowska) has one sur­viv­ing rel­a­tive, she is in­structed to leave the con­vent for the first time to learn a lit­tle about her­self. A lit­tle? No, make that a lot. Ida’s sole next- of- kin is her aunt Wanda ( Agata Kulesza), a tough- talk­ing, hard- drink­ing woman who is worldly in ev­ery sin­gle way her niece is not.

The strik­ing vis­ual and au­ral com­po­si­tion of Ida casts a pow­er­ful spell which re­mains un­bro­ken through­out.

Though shot in a starkly fore­bod­ing black- and- white – and un­afraid to let its story progress through long pe­ri­ods of ab­so­lute si­lence – the film’s seem­ingly rigid lim­i­ta­tions turn out to be any­thing but.

The word ‘ mas­ter­piece’ is never to be used lightly. How­ever, when a film hits as heav­ily and hard as Ida, the ac­co­lade is more than apt.

Not a sin­gle frame, line or ges­ture is out of place.

Now show­ing State Cin­ema

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