Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  80 min.
Release Date: May 9, 2014 - Toronto - May 9, 2014 - Toronto
DVD: September 23, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
based on 16 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski, Halina Skocznska


A young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Studio: Music Box Films
Producer(s): Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska
Screenplay: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Rebecca Lenkiewicz

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  • 5 stars "Pawel Pawlikowski created little gem of a movie. The whole story is based on many a like stories which happened in Poland during German occupation followed by Soviet occupation of this country. In beautiful poetic way he showed how terribly damaged Poles (both Jewish and Catolic ) were and in the way still are."
  • 5 stars "An excellent film! Stark black and white photography. Framed extremely well. lean script, and a thought provoking fascinating treatment of an intriguing situation. I would highly recommend this film to movie lovers. Little action, little dialogue. The story is told in a pure cinematic way."
  • 1 star "My son and came very close to falling asleep during this film. There was no connection between the audience and the main character Ida. The synopsis of the film supposedly has to do with Ida discovering a dark family secret. That premise took up less than a third of the film. The majority of the film has to do with the relationship between Ida and her aunt. Instead of this film go home and watch paint dry. Literally."