Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ida (2013)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski. Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik. 80 min. Rated PG-13. Poland/Denmark. Drama.

This may sound strange, but I'm recommending this solely based on one element: its cinematography. There's not much in the story of a Jewish aunt and niece (which are a study in opposites) in 1960s Poland searching for their WWII-killed family members' grave, and the performances are not necessarily the last word in method acting. It's all about the mesmerizing, gloomy, black-and-white cinematography, that gives every aspect of this film depth and meaning. Some shots are constructed so that characters occupy a frame corner, and "you" decide where else you want to look. Trust me on this: just the cinematography.

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