Friday, January 24 2014, 07:40 AM MST
Sundance 2014: Ida
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Recommended to: Those looking for an interesting Polish period piece that doesn’t quite tap into its story’s full potential.
Synopsis: Ida, an orphan raised in a convent about to take her vows, visits her aunt and learns that her parents were Jews killed during the Nazi occupation.
Review: Beautifully filmed in black and white Ida features an interesting storyline that never really feels explored. The performances are strong, but the slow moving plot and general sense of cold bleakness make the film somewhat inaccessible. You're never there with the characters; you're simply observing from a distillers distance. I also found the film’s final act to be fairly misguided as the story strays from the initial storyline to a different sort of exploration altogether.
-Ryan Michael Painter