What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ida is a 2013 Polish film about a young orphan woman raised in a convent on the verge of becoming a nun before learning that she is Jewish. She undergoes a journey in search of her background, and where her parents, killed during the Holocaust, are buried. As such, it's an emotionally intense drama best for teens who have the maturity and historical perspective to understand not only what transpired during the Nazi occupation of Poland in the 1940s but also what life was like in Poland under Communist rule in the early 1960s. One of the lead characters frequently drinks and smokes; she drives around the Polish countryside drinking vodka straight from the bottle, culminating in a car accident after which she is arrested for drunk driving. There also is brief nudity (bare breasts) in the aftermath of two characters having sex. A character is shown jumping out of an apartment window to commit suicide, which is filmed from behind.
- Families can talk about films in which the Holocaust is a major theme. Although the film is set nearly 20 years after World War II, how does the Holocaust haunt these characters?
- Why do you think the filmmakers chose to make this movie in black and white? What effect does this decision have on the overall story?
- How are the realities of daily life in early 1960s Poland conveyed in the movie?
- How can you learn more about the Holocaust?