Ida (Poland, 2013)--Ida (known as Anna in her convent) is sent to her lone family before taking her vows. I think that’s protocol for priests/nuns before being ordained; they’re sent to their families for immersion and probably to ponder if they’re fully prepared to take the vows. She goes to her aunt, Wanda, who despite being socially delinquent remains a loving sister and aunt to her niece. They embark on a quest to find the place where Ida’s parents and brother, who were Jews, were buried. In the process, they begin to discover each other’s qualities and convictions—one that could finally lead to Ida questioning her own self in relation to her calling and vocation. Now I have an attention span of 1 hour plus so before watching, I thought this movie was apt for me. But man was it slow. I mean like, my eyes-can-wander-elsewhere-and-I-won’t-miss-anything slow. The story, which had an 80 minute run time, if remade to accommodate and customize to my own taste, would probably be done in 20 minutes. Now to the positives: I’m starting to dig the black and white texture. It gives a bleak and sorrowful atmosphere to the film. Not that the film is overly dramatic and sad. In fact, its none close. Its just a plain depiction of well, finding your history. If there’s another positive point for the film (aside from the black-and-white color), it’s the ending-the around 3 minutes before the credits rolled. The one where Ida just walks on the road, the night about to set, and then the viewer asks where she’s leading to. If she’s up for the vows, or is she going somewhere else? I see it bagged a ton of awards and nominations. I guess I’m in the minority. Then again, I sometimes go against the current and swim on my own. Not recommended.