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Published: 09 June 2014
It has been a good couple of weeks since I've seen a movie and had a small window of time to catch a show this past Saturday. Not into the big special effect movies at the Malls and didn't have the time to make it to Asbury (The Showroom) and back.
So I checked out the Bow Tie in Red Bank and was all set to see "Chef"; which is a story revolving around a food "grease" truck....my dream eatery.
Bummer though, the end time was just too tight and I had to punt and see "Ida" as it was ending within my time window.
I had a short nap and a soda, but I played an uber-hard tennis match in the morning.
So, take a black and white film, sub-titled, very slow moving film with lots of quiet scenes plus feeling tired, I was snoozing in short.
Folks, don't take my Saturday snooze as a barometer of the movie. This is a very highly recommended movie and I think is well worth seeing when fully rested.
Very basic outline is that 18-year-old Anna (Agata Kulesza) has been raised in an orphanage at a convent (her parents were killed at an early age). Before taking her vows to become a nun, the Mother Superior states she must visit with her only living relative, Aunt Wanda (Agata Trzebuchowska). Wanda, who has quite a checkered past and current lifestyle, shares that Ana was born "Ida", that she was Jewish and that her parents were killed in their homeland of Poland in 1939.
Though virtually emotionless during the entire film, this new information leads her on a quest to find her parents remains plus experience life. She journeys into a few youthful indiscrections; maybe to test her faith, or get a sense of both sides.
It is interesting to watch her on this path while honoring the search and burial of her parents remains and her vows to the church.
The film is only 100 minutes long, and my bad for seeing it not at 100%. Pretty fine independent foreign film.