One of Ida’s first successes came from Gdynia Film Festival, which took place only 20 km from my home. But like at any movie festival getting the right ticket for the right screening is extremely difficult so I couldn’t even think of having the possibility to see Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida Polish premiere.
Right after the Golden Lions Award Ida had its short period in the cinemas. Very similar to the fate of other “modest”, “independent” and oneiric movies it might have been the case that if you had diner with your parents on a Saturday evening and planned to see it next week, you might have already missed it!
Fortunately there are many LEGAL sources for watching movies so I tried at kinoplex.pl and watched it at home, next to chimneys flames with a cup of hot tea in my right hand and gingerbread in the left one. By the end of the movie the tea got cold and the cookie soaked with tears as the story I just saw just broke my heart and filled my mind with emotions I didn’t feel for long time. Later that evening while putting my head to pillow Ida’s touching melody kept ringing in my ears.
Ida is the only left child of a Jewish family, who got to an orphanage run by catholic nuns and shortly before taking her vows the matron reveals to her that there is a one survived member of her family, living in the city and a former communist public prosecutor, who “had a chance to put to death a few people” as her aunt described herself during one of the evenings on their way to the origins of human oblivion, death and sanctification.
Yes. This is certainly a masterpiece. You just know it as you leave the cinema tore by emotions and with intense heartbeat and so you’re sure about it when you wake up the next morning with the picture of Ida’s persistent face from the last scene. Similarily remarkable to that memorable Glenn Close’s face while wiping off the makeup at the end of the show in Dangerous Liaisons…
You’ll watch Ida and you know what I mean.