Another one of last year’s best movies. What moved me the most about Ida (BAFTA winner, and Oscars and Golden Globes nominee for best foreign language film) was the minimalist storytelling and the black and white cinematography, by Ryszard Lynzewski and Lukasz Zal. There is not even one extraneous frame throughout the entire film (director Pawel Pawlikowski has a photographer’s eye for composition) and the experience feels like a modern cinema classic. In early 1960s Poland, a young novitiate nun, Ida (beautifully played by Agata Trzebuchowska, whose face is so expressive that she hardly needed words at all), unearths her family’s secret history when she is sent to spend some time with her worldly and cynical aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza) – in an arresting performance which was one of the very best of 2014 in my opinion – before taking her holy vows. The film deals with the pains of the World War II among others, but what I found much more interesting and powerful was the generation bonding, the moments and moods of the characters, adding something new to an otherwise much too explored subject on screen. Original and gripping.