Reviews: Ida (2014)

idaReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Ispirandosi tanto a Bresson, quanto ad Antonioni, Pawlikowski sembra guardare naturalmente anche al cinema polacco di quegli anni ’60, da Kawalerowicz a Wajda.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: The spiritual education of a Polish novitiate nun and its impact on taking her vows.
  • Enrique Buchichio @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ida es un ejemplo de austeridad cinematográfica que da relevancia a lo que verdaderamente importa: la historia y sus personajes. Pocas veces una película en apariencia tan lineal y tan concreta se atrevió a abordar de manera tan sutil cuestiones tan profundas.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Pawel Pawlikowski filma una obra maestra.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: In stripping IDA down to cinema’s simplest genre elements, Pawlikowski trains our eye with a laser focus on Anna/Ida herself, a study of stillness and repression who essentially stands in for the Poland depicted onscreen.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ida tiene una historia que no está nada mal, pero está contada de la forma más aburrida posible.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Rather than relying on any preceding work that had been driven by the written word, the filmmakers have constructed a masterpiece that nods to the sheer poetry of the visual.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Exquisite and intellectually affecting in its brief, precise 80 minutes.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A stark environment boldly highlights Ida’s introduction into a world she has never experienced. Through it all we are mesmerized by her face, a quiet 18 year old who has been fairly sheltered thus far in her young existence.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Pawlikowski examines life, the role of religious commitment and choices. What corrupts life? What corrupts people? Are there ways to escape our own corrupt nature?
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Norm Schrager @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: … a nearly flawless work of cinematic art.
  • David William Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Pawel Pawlikowski’s film is something akin to a music box; the images are of a square, monochrome beauty, a colour scheme that doesn’t seem to encrust the age of the setting so much as give it a cold, crisp sheen, a measured precision reminiscent of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ethereally clinical aesthetic.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: A brutal and unapologetic investigation into the heart of darkness of the holocaust.

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