Starring Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza Cinematheque PG 80 minutes
out of five to take the girl on a trip to investigate the fate of their family members, including a little boy of whom Wanda is reluctant to speak. Anna/Ida joins Wanda on the mission with her resolve to become a nun unshaken. The contrast in their characters is profound. Wanda drinks, smokes and is not above the occasional one-night stand in what we can only assume is a non-stop campaign to dull her pain. Ida, silent, watchful and devout, takes it all in, even as she deflects Wanda’s questioning on subjects such as whether she is ever disturbed by thoughts of carnal desire. Even as they get closer to learning the fate of their shared family, both women retreat to their respective coping mechanisms. It will emerge that Ida is not so devout that she is πabove experimenting herself with the earthly pleasures so freely enjoyed by her aunt.