Ida (2013)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Poland/Denmark/France/United Kingdom, 2013.  Opus Film, Phoenix Film Investments, Canal+ Polska, City of Lodz, Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, Phoenix Film Poland, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, Portobello Pictures.  Screenplay by Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.  Cinematography by Ryszard Lenczewski, Lukasz Zal.  Produced by Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska.  Music by Kristian Eidnes Andersen.  Production Design by Marcel … More Ida (2013)

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The War Zone

BB (out of 5) An English family leave the bustle of London to live in a quiet, rural home in the countryside. Father (Ray Winstone) does his best to improve the house while his wife (Tilda Swinton) tends to their newborn baby, leaving their daughter to make new friends and their son to be alone … More The War Zone

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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 … More Kolya (Kolja)

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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 … More Birthday Girl

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