Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s stark black-and-white film follows Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a young novice in 1960s Poland about to take her vows to become a nun. Anna meets her only surviving relative, a former judge known as Red Wanda (Agata Kulesza). She informs Anna, raised as an orphan, that her real name is Ida Lebenstein and that she was born Jewish. Anna and Wanda begin an investigation to discover the fates of Anna’s family during World War II, setting up a contrast between the worldly-wise Wanda and the idealistic Anna. Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love and The Woman in the Fifth) takes a heavy-handed approach in this beautifully shot film. It offers no new insights into the horrors of war, and the shocking revelations Anna uncovers come almost as expected. Rated PG-13. 80 minutes. In Polish with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.
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