Many people are going to watch all eight Best Picture movies. Some will watch half. Very few will watch Ida, and that’s sad to me. There are more important things in life than movies, for sure, but the most important movies are the ones that force you to contemplate the other important things in life. Ida follows a young woman named Anna who was raised in a convent. She’s about to take her vows when the mother superior forces her to meet a long-lost aunt, who exposes her to long-held family secrets. Those secrets shake her at her foundation, but the actress portraying Anna, Agata Trzebuchowska, needs only a glance, a sigh, a look away, to convey how completely her life is changing. The magic of Ida is that her strength isn’t in how she responds to her life changing but in the power the calling has over her even as her life is changing.
Quicker take: Somber, sobering, and magical- all in black and white!