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Woman in the Fifth (movie)

Review: 'Ida' ★★★★

Review: 'Ida' ★★★★

One of the year's gems, photographed in velvety, expressive black-and-white by two different cinematographers working as one, "Ida" accomplishes so much, so surely in its 80 minutes, it's as if the director Pawel Pawlikowski had dared himself: How can I tell this fascinating story efficiently yet without rushing and abridging the narrative?

His answer is the film itself, set in early 1960s Poland, not so many years after the Nazi occupation. Eighteen-year-old Anna, played by the wonderful actress Agata Trzebuchowska, has been raised in a convent where she was left at birth in 1945 under unexplained circumstances. Now she is a novice, on the verge of taking her vows. Her...