Sunday, August 3, 2014


In Polish with English subtitles

World War II began with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939. More than 6 million Polish citizens died during the war. In 1944 a Soviet-backed Polish provisional government was formed as a satellite state of the Soviet Union. Renamed the People’s Republic of Poland this Marxist-Leninist government was not overthrown until the Revolutions of 1989.

Agata Trzebuchowska: 18-year-old novitiate nun
Agata Kulesza: her Aunt Wanda
Dawid Ogrodnik: Lis a saxaphone player

It has all the earmarks of an art film aimed at a small niche market:
  • no costly celebrity actors
  • modest sets, no expensive special effects
  • fairly short, shot in black and white

In addition, to set it apart from mainstream blockbuster films, it was filmed in the so-called Academy ratio, the squared-off aspect ratio of 35mm film that went out of style with the introduction of widescreen movies back in the ‘50’s.

It is a simple story with the principal cast member having very little to say: her near-silent character relies upon facial expression and a dozen lines to tell her side of the story so there’s very little acting required for the role. The pacing is ponderous, slow and the outcome often predictable. 

This one is certainly not for everyone.


 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking.

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