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Ida is an intimate drama set in 1960s Poland. Anna, an 18-year-old novice, is on the verge of taking her vows in the convent where she was raised as an orphan. Her mother superior insists that before she take this big step, Anna visit her sole living relative, an aunt. Anna’s aunt shocks her with the revelation that her real name is Ida and that she is Jewish.

Ida’s aunt leads her on a slow walk into the darkness of the family’s story dating back to the Nazi occupation. Beautifully directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida is sparingly filmed in black and white; the cinematography supports the ethos of the era. This well-edited 80-minute film has echoes of Ingmar Bergman’s work. A must-see for film buffs. On disc now. (Music Box Films)

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