Ida (2013) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski

I saw this at Film Form yesterday and it was wonderful. I’m really glad I got a chance to see it. It made me want to rewatch My Summer of Love which I haven’t seen in a very long time. Formally you would never have known that they were made by the same person, although there are some interesting thematic connections — and then one little stylistic flourish at the end that I won’t spoil for you. In any case, I don’t think this is probably playing much of anywhere, but I’d recommend it — certainly on Netflix or whatnot when it’s released later this year.



I’ll make you a bomb. First the booster gas canister,
then the heat shield, then the radium case, which, yes,
is shaped like a peanut. I’ll make you a bomb,
first the heat field, then the lenses that drive
the implosion, and last the radiation space, which,
yes, is shaped like a peanut. I’ll make you a bomb,
first the space filler, then the glass lenses,
which, careful, may implode. I’ll make you a swan,
first a crease here, then a crease there, a quick tuck
for the wings, an explosion of flight. I’ll make you a swan,
one-two-three folds and now it’s done, but it will not fly,
its wing tips burning like fuses. I’ll make you a dress,
don’t you love me? a nip and a tuck and three pins
to hold it tight. I’ll make you a little white dress,
inside it your heart says bang, bang, bang, your mind
like a swan’s. Careful, it’s shaped like a peanut,
careful of when it decays, careful, it may implode.
Don’t you love me? Look what I’ve made you.

- “Love Poem,” by Kevin Prufer in In a Beautiful Country