Sometimes, the best movies are simplest. They are the best because the filmmakers focus on the story and characters.
Ida, is one of these movies and the best one I have seen so far this year.
In early 1960’s Poland, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a young novice, is on the verge of taking her vows. She is told by the mother superior that she has to visit a previously unknown aunt (Agata Kulesza) before she can take her vows. Anna discovers that her name is not Anna, but Ida Lebenstein. Traveling with her aunt to discover what happened to her family, they pick up a young male musician (Dawid Orgodnik) on the way. It’s a story of identity and the journey to discover that identity.
This movie is in black and white with English subtitles. It’s stark and simple and very well done. This is what movie making and story telling is about.
This is a must see movie.