Reflection of Ida: WARNING SPOILER ALERT
I strongly encourage everyone to watch this film it is beautiful and very eye opening.
I first just want to start off by saying WOW!, what a powerful film. This film was done absolutely beautifully and I love how simple yet how deep the concepts got. Anna/ Ida the main character transformed in front of our eyes yet reverted back to her old ways and it honestly broke my heart. I wanted her to let go of the negative stigma of being Jewish and just let herself be who she was but that did not happen. I was rooting for her and yet she let the negative thoughts cloud her mind and she returned to the convent and buried the past. I want to believe that if her Aunt was still alive that she would not have reverted back to the ways she knew and she would have stayed in this new found life that lasted only a day for her. This film portrayed the way Jews felt after WW11 very well and it helped me realize how they “coped” with what had happened. Most of them it seems buried it away deep down and tried to pretend they weren’t Jewish and it led to lives they never imagined, while some lived with regrets and took it personally like Ida’s Aunt and it made a very drastic dynamic among this population. My heart not only broke for Ida because she was living a lie her whole life and her family was brutally murdered but my heart also broke for her Aunt who lived it and was tragically affected by what had happened. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like and I hope I never have to because it is such a horrific and tragic thing that happened and this film helped open my eyes to some of the lasting effects it had on people who were involved.
Ida. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. 2013. DVD.
Image: “Ida.” IMDb. February 12, 2014. Accessed October 22, 2015.