Synopsis: Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Pawel Pawlikowski
Production: Music Box Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 66 wins & 83 nominations.
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82 min


Her name is Wanda Gruz.

She is your aunt.

We wrote to her many times asking her

to take you.

But she never did.

Maybe she never got the letters?

She did. Because finally she replied

that she couldn't come.

You should meet her before

you take your vows.

She is your only living relative.

Do I have to, Mother?

Yes, Anna.

You will go to see her and stay there

for as long as necessary.

Are you Wanda Gruz?

- I am your niece.

- I know who you are.

Come in.

Are you hungry?

No, thank you.

Take a seat.

What did they tell you about me?

That you are my aunt.

That's all?

They didn't tell you who I am?

What I do?


Why didn't you come to take me from the


I couldn't. I didn't want to.

You wouldn't have been happy with me.

I'm going.

God bless.

God bless you.

So you are a Jewish nun.


You're a Jew.

They never told you?

Your real name is Ida Lebenstein.

You're the daughter of Haim

Lebenstein and Ra Herc.

You were born in Piaski, near oma.


This is Ra...

And this is you.

We've had our little family reunion...

I must get dressed. I'm late.

What time is your train?

I have a bus in the evening.

Do you need any money?


Goodbye then.

God be with you.


...a whole bed of red tulips...

...planted by socialist scouts

to honour...

...the accused mowed them down...

...with this here sabre...

...inherited from his grandfather...

...a member of Pilsudski's Legions.

Ra had an artistic soul.

I liked adventures.

We were very different.

She was always making things,

from pieces of cloth or glass.

Once she made a stained glass window...

And put it in the barn

to make the cows happier.

This is your father.

Not an interesting type, a bit primitive.

I didn't like him.

Their whole clan was from there.

We were from Lublin.

Because of him she ended up in that hole.

You have to wear this hood all the time?

You're a redhead too, right?

I had a brother?

No, you were an only child.

I'm going to Piaski tomorrow.

I want to visit their graves.

They have no graves.

Neither they, nor any other Jews.

No one knows where their bodies are...

Maybe in the woods or in the lake.

I'll ask around.

What if you go there

and discover there is no God?

God is everywhere, I know.

I'll drive you there. We'll go together.

You're sweet.

You have such a nice dimple.

Three, when you smile.

Men will go crazy.

Do you have sinful thoughts sometimes?


About carnal love?


That's a shame.

You should try...

Otherwise what sort of sacrifice

are these vows of yours.

Praise be to Jesus Christ.

Forever and ever.

You know who lived here before the war?


- Why?

- No reason.

My husband knows...

He'll be back later.

Can we look around?

What for?

Don't worry. We won't steal anything.

I don't know.

Come after tea, around four.

Excuse me.

Could you bless my daughter, sister?

One more, please.

And one for the gentleman over there.

Did you know the Lebensteins?

They lived here before the war.


No, Eskimos.

Ra and Haim Lebenstein.

We had a lot of Jews here.

But those I didn't know. Sorry.

Why be sorry?

Jesus, that's just what you say.

Did you know them?

And another one, please.

And the bill.

Our family used to live in this house.

No Jews ever lived here.

I didn't say they were Jews.

It's my house and my land.

We both know who it belonged to.

Your father hid the Lebensteins

during the war. Where?


In the woods? In some shelter?

I know who denounced Jews

and who helped them.

- Father never went to the Germans.

- I know.

How did they die?

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