Earlier this year, "Ida" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first Polish movie to be so honoured. The drama is set in 1960s Poland and tells the story of a Jewish nun, Ida, who embarks on a life-changing journey with her estranged aunt to learn more about her Jewish family and their tragic background. Shot in a crisp black and white, the movie’s biggest asset is undoubtedly its monochrome palette, the perfect background for a soul-searching drama. The cinematography by Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski plays an important part in delivering what is a simple story in an engaging manner. The titular character, Ida, beautifully played by debutante Agata Trzebuchowska, is one of those characters you can’t take your eyes off. Her naivety in the beginning of the movie is delicately controlled, and as Ida’s journey unfolds her character gains depth and nuance. Polish film star Agata Kulesza stars as Ida’s alcoholic aunt, Wanda Gruz, another character who demands your attention. The way these two characters become intertwined in each other’s lives is emotional and sincerely told by director Paweł Pawlikowski. In the end, "Ida" is a surprisingly silent, mysterious and sometimes bewildering movie that rightfully deserved all its accolades.