Travel And Discovery, For 'Ida' And The Filmmaker Who Watches Her

May 1, 2014 8:14 PM

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Everyone is on a voyage of self-discovery in Ida — the two central characters certainly, but also Poland-born, Britain-based director Pawel Pawlikowski, making his first film in the homeland he left at 14.

The austerely luminous black-and-white drama is set in 1962, an era the director can't remember all that well. (He was 5 at the time.) The title character is 18 and about to learn who she is, or was. That requires a journey through a landscape of secrets, some hidden by the Communist government, and...

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