Ida

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Ida


Blizek, William L., Journal of Religion and Film


Ida has been raised in a Catholic orphanage. In two weeks she will take her final vows and become a nun in a closed order. Before she takes her final vows, her Mother Superior suggests that Ida visit her aunt, her only living relative. This will bring closure to her past and her connection to the outside world. Her aunt has been asked to visit Ida at the convent, but she has refused. So, at the urging of her Mother Superior, Ida sets off to meet her aunt. Ida's aunt is not happy to see her. It turns out that she is a prostitute and Ida can only get in the way. It also turns out that Ida is Jewish. Her aunt sends her back to the convent. But, while Ida is waiting in the train station, her aunt passes by, sees her, and stops to visit. During the visit, Ida learns much about her past, and decides that she would like to visit the grave of her parents before she leave.

Ida and her aunt begin an adventure together, a quite complicated and surprising adventure. The adventure is also heartbreaking. Through all of the twists and turns and all of the temptations, Ida maintains her faith, and in the end she takes her vows and becomes a Catholic nun.

The twists and turns of the story are best experienced by watching the movie, so I have left those out; but each twist and turn generates a new challenge for Ida. …

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