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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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…

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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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