IDA ( M)
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