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Religions 2016, 7(6), 72;

Finding God in Pawlikowski’s Ida

School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91182, USA
Academic Editor: Joseph Kickasola
Received: 26 March 2016 / Revised: 24 May 2016 / Accepted: 1 June 2016 / Published: 8 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Film and Lived Theology)
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (2014) tells the story of a nun who must learn to resituate her faith in light of new experiences and information. Through Ida’s encounters, Pawlikowski suggests that God may be encountered in unexpected places. This theological meditation is done primarily through the elements of the film’s color, framing, costuming, music, art direction, and character interactions, all of which work together to demonstrate Pawlikowski’s thesis. By exploring this topic on film, Pawlikowski not only expresses his thoughts on where to seek God, but invites others to join him in his search. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ida; transcendence; immanent; icon; grace; work Ida; transcendence; immanent; icon; grace; work

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