Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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