Ida

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A girl raised from infancy in a convent is preparing to take her vows in mid-sixties Poland when a woman shows up claiming to be a relative.  It turns out the visitor is her aunt Wanda, who reveals that the future Sister Anna is actually a Jewish girl named Ida, placed…

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Kolya (Kolja)

BBBB (out of 5) Touching drama from the Czech republic about a gruff cellist (Zdenek Sverak, director Jan Sverak’s father and the film’s writer) who willingly marries a Russian bride to help her out legally, and ends up getting stuck with her little boy after she runs away. Now this hard-bitten old man, who can…

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Birthday Girl

BBB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman is marvelous in this odd little tale about a straight-laced bank employee (Ben Chaplin) who sends out for a Russian mail-order bride and gets a lot more than he bargained for. Initially deciding to return the lady home when it turns out that she speaks not a word of…

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