PG, 80 minutes
Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Set in the 1960s, a young orphan, Anna (played by remarkable newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), is set to take her vows as a nun. Days before she is to accept a life of poverty, chastity and obedience, she is sent to visit her distant aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a successful judge and communist party member. After coolly welcoming the girl into her home while casually bidding adieu to a lover, Wanda unceremoniously reveals a secret from Anna’s – or, as it turns out, Ida’s – past. The revelation takes the unlikely duo on a road trip through the Polish countryside, where they literally and figuratively dig up old skeletons.
The Globe and Mail Kiva Reardon