Maxx-M - - HAPPY HOUR - Di­rec­tor : Pawel Paw­likowski Cast : Agata Kulesza, Agata Trze­bu­chowska & Dawid Ogrod­nik (UB)

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.

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