Art Films 101: “Ida”

If you’re looking for a film that surpasses mere entertainment, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski may be an eye-opener. The 2013 Polish film, with its poignant story and stunning cinematography, ignited my love and appreciation for art films. “Ida” explores existentialism, family, and the secular world versus religion through Ida Lebenstein, a Catholic-raised girl who learns of her Jewish background after meeting her only living relative, Wanda Gruz.

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Review: “Come and See”

“Come and See” is a 1985 film from the Soviet Union by director Elem Klimov. The film is set in Byelorussia in 1943, and follows a young boy, Florya, as he is recruited into the struggling resistance movement against the crushing arm of Nazi Germany. He enters the war with confidence and courage, as many young recruits do, but his mind and body are soon ravaged by the horrors of war.

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Review: The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a 2019 psychological thriller film directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Robert Eggers. Following his acclaimed major motion picture debut The VVitch, Eggers was approaching his next film with near total creative control and he decided to tell the story of two lighthouse keepers sent to an isolated island.

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