"IDA"---A MOVIE REVIEW
Friday, June 27, 2014
Not wanting to see “Transformers” or “22 Jump Street” or “Think Like A Man too” I was hoping I would see a gem going to The Gateway Theatre and seeing “Ida”.
“Ida” is a Polish film photographed as if it was filmed in 1962 when it takes place. Three stories are intertwined with one being political regarding communism, Catholicism and being a Jew in Poland during WW2, the second regarding a novice about to take her vows and the third story regarding her aunt, who she wasn’t even aware of, who is Jewish as her mother was making the novice a Jew.
Aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza) drinks too much, smokes too and has too much random sex due to her past as a zealot communist prosecutor, now a cynical judge, and other happenings, the exact opposite of her niece, Ida, (Agata Trzebuchowska) who wants to learn what happened to her parents during the war and why/how she ended up in a convent, before she takes her final vows.
I wasn’t interested in the political aspect of the film and except for one segment the story of Ida wasn’t that interesting to me as I wanted to learn more about her parents just as I wanted to know more about Wanda, her life before we met her and her family during the war. I wanted the movie to be all about Wanda as I found Agata Kulesza a fascinating actress but it isn’t my film but the director Pawel Pawlikowski who also co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewwicz.
In all fairness I must say most critics and people (oh come on, do you really think critics are people?) have been raving about the movie but then they liked Dawid Ogrodnil as a sax player in a band and I thought his part was just added on to show, not prove, a point.
Though a short movie for these days, only an hour and twenty minutes, the director lingered too long, too often, on many meaningless scenes such as cars on roads.