“Ida,” a fascinating and disquieting Polish language film written and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, is a post-Soviet Polish rumination, a mystery with religious and political overtones. Pronounced as “Eeda,” Pawlikowski told me during our chat: “I needed a good name and remembered the Jewish Polish actress Ida Kaminska. It was a name I liked, but just a name.”
Pawel Pawlikowski returns to the 1960s Poland of his childhood. The director explains why the film’s not overtly political, although it unfolds in the shadow of the Holocaust.