This film is composed entirely of beautiful shots, but boy is it slow.

Perhaps I wasn’t in the right mood for a such an unhurried film, but it does get in and out in just 80 minutes, short enough that I didn’t feel too restless.

I complained about “Young and Beautiful‘s” objectification of its lead actress, and this film is an interesting counterpoint. It too is driven by images of its star — Agata Trzebuchowska, playing a prospective nun who discovers her tragic family history and Jewish lineage — who is framed beautifully by director Pawel Pawlikowski and shot in haunting black-and-white by cinematographers Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, but in this case I felt there was more emotional and psychological depth in the characterization, more expression in Trzebuchowska’s performance, which is quiet and still but conveys a fuller inner life.