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sarah

exquisite

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Harry

Great!

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jo

It's rather obvious that this Eda was never fit for a religious life.
I'm not sure where she got that funny idea.....

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Nathan

pawlikowski may have a hard-on for people committing suicide in B&W in post-ww2 Poland but I'm kinda into it

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Barbara

perfect

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elizabeth

A piece of art and sorrow. The well deserved Oscar.

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Karen

Sublime and beautiful.

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Sari

It doesn't get much bleaker than this.

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victor

This artfully produced film is about many things but for me the most salient narrative is about how its easier not to face the realities and complexity of the world and instead give up your soul to hide in the world of a bankrupt religion.

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Thomas

a bizarre and clearly incorrect interpretation of the ending...the life that Lis offers Ida is much more of a hiding-away from the world than her decision to rejoin the convent

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Geoffrey

The ending is much more ambiguous than that: the long tracking shot with her at the film's conclusion doesn't guarantee that she will return to her life as a nun. She is walking with purpose, and her face expresses a new-found confidence, but we don't know what decision she has made. You are ...Read more

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Joan

Yes! And the car approaching her from behind........................

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Jack

Mesmerizingly beautiful!

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Lynda

Lovely, moving, historic...human....sad....bravo...so well done....

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Susan

excellent film-subtle development and devastating consequences of the aftermath of ww2

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Ron

This is quality film making.
The stark beauty of it's images.
The indictment of Polish complicity in the Holocaust.
The critique of Communism.
An ending with a microcosm of life and a sense of Christian love and forgiveness.

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Ruth

Wow. Stunning. I loved the still-like, photographic quality of the images, juxtaposed with the sudden shakiness of the hand-held at the end - like leafing through a dusty old tissue-layered black and white photo album and suddenly closing it as she moves from the past to the future. Spare yet ...Read more

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Liesel

Deeply moving. I thought the fact that it was shot in black and white was an unusual decision, but it served to enhance the movie far more than I expected. Does a great job of really making you feel the effect of WWII on those who survived, especially due to the emptiness of the city. The ...Read more

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Mary

This was a very powerful movie. The slow pace, although excruciating at times, worked to reflect and emphasize the main conflict of the film, which was Ida's internal struggle and immense self-reflection. The new information about her family, her past, and herself not only shocks her but ...Read more

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Joseph

Saw it at the theater and loved it. Questions what constitutes a life as in "Get a Life", especially when such lives were torn through so easily by fear, violence, hatred and the evil of Nazism then Stalinism. It's a moral teeter-totter offered to young Ida who has survived, but for what?

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Jorge

Brilliant masterpiece. "And me. Why am I not here?", one of the most devastating quotes in cinema history.

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Karina

Beautifully powerful.

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Peter

Tediously slooow moving.

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Mehrdad

loved it!

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phil

Plot is flawed. Not believable. First he tells the father the daughter is alive. Then she's dead..........? The French kill me with their movies.

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Geoffrey

Polish Phil, not French. Did you hear anyone, at any point in the film, speak French? I suspect there might be a few more details that you missed in that film.

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Thomas

at one point Wanda does say "c'est la vie", so..¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sylvie

Very good movie, saw it at tiff and loved it. Still feel the same about it. Really good, loved the ending.

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Eirik

Short and sweet (but not sweet the way you might regularly infer). Overall a very solid movie. The cinematography was what particularly stood out for me. Very beautifully composed shots. The DOPs really put their stamp on this film and it's a collectors stamp at that.

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Robert

empowering.

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Geoffrey

It wasn't emotionally cold; it treated the emotions as something that demands distance lest we lose ourselves -- which is the world as we know it -- in those emotions. Ida doesn't need a tutorial from anyone about emotions. A wonderful film for the direction and acting. Silence, lust, ...Read more

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Chris

Good not great. Emotionally cold. Visually pleasing.

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Sam

Very lovely film. Surprise (but not comprehensible) ending -- which can be a plus or a minus, depending on how one perceives the vagaries of life decisions.

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m

I don't really know what to say. All of these shots are so hauntingly beautiful...I want to see this film over and over again. I love, I love, I love.

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Joshua

Outstanding. Rarely do films take the moment to contemplate on the unspoken spaces between people and the need for silence. The framing is impeccable; everything feels static, fleeting, distant, as if every piece of human emotion is sequestered to a corner while the weight of religion and ...Read more

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Geoffrey

Yes, the silence. Granted, it is about nuns and the monastic life, but even in his next film -- Cold War -- which is very much *about* music, the director only inserts ambient music -- never music simply to pacify the inattentive viewer or extend a scene. There is none of the usual nonstop ...Read more

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efosa

Beautiful film!