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Ida - The Titfield Thunderbolt
Heisenberg might have stayed here
Last night we went to Reading Film Theatre to see Ida. Set in Poland in 1962, it is the story of Ida, an orphan who has been brought up in a convent. Prior to taking her vows, she is instructed to visit her aunt, who has previously declined to be involved in her upbringing. It turns out that her aunt was a judge in the Communist regime, and that Ida was in fact born Jewish. The main storyline follows their search to determine Ida's parents fate, and the repercussions it has on both of them. It's a bleak film, perhaps heightened by being shot in black and white, but not without occasional humour, and certainly full of the dilemmas posed by the human condition.


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