Penetrating, melancholy-yet-uplifting drama takes us on a curious road trip with two women in 1960s, Communist-ruled Poland – the eighteen-year-old title character, a novice Roman Catholic nun (played by Agata Trzebuchowska), and her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a bitter and sardonic civil judge with disturbing revelations for her long-lost niece. The two actresses cast a spell with their characters, a spell conjured up by director Pawel Pawlikowski’s flawless scene-setting in a country with horror buried just underneath the gray, glum surface. The black-and-white cinematography by Luksz Zal and Ryzard Lenczewski, coupled with Pawlikowski’s evocative eye. A remarkably well made character study, brimming with emotion and sublimated conflict (80 min.).