A road trip movie. A coming-of-age story of a young novitiate discovering her real identity: her actual name and parental background before she can take her vows as a nun. As she embarks on this journey she experiences things she has not known before. Confused with this unfamiliar and tempting territory she tread on water to solve her confusion, only to realize in the end what her true calling in life is. This black and white tinted motion picture is Pawlikoski's best yet. The gorgeous cinematography by Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski captures the haunting mood of post-war Poland akin to the melancholic meanderings of Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries and the eeriness of Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. An artful piece of European cinema that has all the makings of a true classic. This will go down as one of my favorites of the year.