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  • Actors: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela
  • Directors: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Format: Import, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: DMMS
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 8379891716
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Polish import. Plays in Polish with optional English subtitles. Cover and booklet in Polish language only.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Henry Turner on 9 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
This is a great film - compelling, emotional, magnificently shot. However, Artificial Eye's presentation of the film on DVD is unforgivably bad.

Many of the scenes are framed deliberately with heads and faces in the bottom third of the picture. However, Artifical Eye has ignored this completely when positioning the subtitles. Even small adjustments in positioning and presentation would have transformed the viewing experience. As such, the key focus of many scenes is lost under large, ugly and very digital-looking subtitles.

Also unforgivable is Artificial Eye's choice to include a major spoiler on the back of the DVD box. It has been included as part of the information supplied by the British Board of Film Classification and completely gives away the biggest shock/plot turn in the film - and what turns out to be a brilliantly-judged piece of filming. An insane error of judgement that completely undermines the way in which the director has shaped the drama.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Fat Arab on 5 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of the films of 2014 - of that there is no question. What is utterly disappointing, though, is the placement of the subtitles on this release. If you've seen this film at the cinema, you'll know that there is a set piece where the subtitles are creatively moved in the frame (as to have them where they would traditionally be would ruin the shot).

Artificial Eye must have known this, and yet when the shot comes (and it is a long shot), the subtitles sit all over the characters. This lack of attention is really disappointing for what is such a visual film (featuring some great performances). Also the extras on the blu ray are terrible (a trailer - wow. Who needs that when you already HAVE THE WHOLE FILM?)

So, I should probably learn Polish and turn the subtitles off. Until then, I'm returning this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Pawlikowski's Ida is a sombre black and white film set in 60s Poland. Anna (AgataTrzebuchowska) is asked by the prioress of the orphanage convent where she is about to take her vows as a novice nun,to visit her unknown aunt Wanda in Lodz before she takes them . She has been raised in the Catholic convent where she was abandoned as a baby.Wanda (Kulesza) is a former state prosecutor and Communist Party member, jaded,alcoholic, promiscuous. Wanda is unwilling to take Anna away from the orphanage, because she would not be able to provide her with a happy life,when it's really her selfishness and her loose morals,she cares more about.She's devastated by the loss of her sister.

It is revealed to Anna that she is Jewish,called Ida and her parents,the Lebensteins, were killed during WWII.The film is a road trip in which Anna seeks her true identity.Wanda and Anna travel through bleak Polish countryside to the village where her parents lived.A man called Skiba is living in her parent's old house,he pretends not to know the people who once lived there and says he doesn't know where his father Syzmon is,who hid his parents during the war.The cinematography of the scenes is painterly, balanced by the use of natural light.The history and weight of the past is shown by the way each character is reduced to the corner or bottom of a frame in the unusual 1.37:1 aspect ratio and static camera.Sometimes the subtitles get in the way.

Wanda wants Anna/Ida to know her own ethnic identity,and to not sacrifice her carnal identity,before she has experienced it.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
This is a relentlessly bleak, black & white film with little dialogue, not very many characters, and is about a novice nun in post-war 1960s Poland who receives some information which could change her life dramatically. That it certainly does, but these inevitable dramas seem to happen around her often exasperatingly calm, self-possessed presence.
Pawlikowski has made perhaps the film of his career so far, with performances by his two leading actresses of tremendous poise and nuance.
Newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska (and that's the last time I'm typing all that out!) is just right as Anna/Ida, and Agata Kulesza is perfect as a onetime Stalinist procecutor and aunt of the young noviciate. She's a woman with well-matured reserves of self-loathing, who drinks and sleeps around, this and other aspects of the world Ida sees and watches giving her a raw glimpse into the realities of life outside the severe, though safe, confines of the convent.
The mismatched pair take to the road to try and find where the bodies of Ida's Jewish relatives were buried during the war, but a 'road movie' that could have descended into cliche avoids such pitfalls, its paucity of dialogue, often drab lighting and superbly atmospheric camerawork adding to its stark credibility.
Ida says little, but her eyes see everything, and she's not necessarily the most sympathetic character in this brutally honest film.
What elevated this from the four stars I was going to give it to the five (or, if you like, a nine out of ten) I've ended up giving it is the realisation that it is a film I would happily watch more than once, not so much because I think I 'missed something', but because there is so much that happens between the lines, as it were, so much one has to infer for oneself.
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