Anna lost both parents during World War II and grows up in a convent in Poland. As a young novice, she is ready to make the monastic vows in the early 1960s, but first she must seek out her last surviving relative, the sexually free-spirited and outspoken aunt Wanda.
The film is in glowing black and white with exquisite and beautiful image compositions. Director Pawel Pawlikowski joins IDA on a controversial topic in Poland: The relationship between Catholics and Jews during World War II. The great story and the completely personal are put together into a poetic and beautiful film about putting their faith to the test.