First screened in May 2014
Director: Paweł Pawlikowski. Cast: Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik, Halina Skoczynska,Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski, Joanna Kulig. Screenplay: Paweł Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Twitter Capsule: Contemplative drama about traumatic pasts, known and unknown, and about discipline vs. abandon as personal recovery tactics

VOR:   Narrow frame, short running-time, monochrome lensing: bold choices that all pay off. Seemingly well-worn territory reveals new facets. Unique approach to faith, too.

Photo © 2013 Opus Film/Phoenix Film Investments,
© 2014 Music Box Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Cinematography: Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Independent Spirit Awards: Best International Film
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress (Kulesza); Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Screenplay; People's Choice Award

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