Directed by Pawel
From 3rd October 2014
This black and white masterpiece, set in 1960s Poland, looks like a classic
film produced in the 1940s or so.
Agata Trzebuchowska, making her film debut, plays Ida, a novice nun who
is due to take her holy vows. Before doing so she is sent to spend time
with her aunt Wanda, her only living relative, impressively played by
Wanda, a Jew, is the polar opposite of Ida. She has an insatiable appetite
for men, alcohol and cigs, but they soon develop a close kinship.
She was a former state prosecutor during the Stalinist regime, who confides
to Ida that she sentenced some people to the death penalty.
Ida's main objective while staying with her aunt is to discover where
her parents, victims of the Stalinist bloodletting, are buried.
One intriguing aspect of the film is the manner in which director Pawel
Pawlikowski constantly places his characters at the bottom of the frame.
As a result of this sometimes the subtitles appear at the top of the frame
which I have never seen before. Some have suggested that this method is
to relegate the players in the film to a secondary role to the epic drama
and tragedy that took place. Intriguing.