Synopsis by Mark Deming
Andrzej Wajda directed this metaphoric coming-of-age story. Marysia (Anna Wielgucka) is a shy and withdrawn 15-year-old girl whose family moves from a small town to a large city. Marysia feels like an outcast until she meets Kasia (Anna Mucha), a bright and talented girl who takes Marysia under her wing and introduces her to a circle of student musicians and artists. Kasia insists that a life of emotional isolation is vital to the creative mind, but when she informs Marysia, who was raised a devout Catholic, that she must renounce her faith if she is to succeed as an artist, Marysia break ties with her friend. Marysia soon becomes close with Ewa (Anna Powierza), a girl from a wealthy family whose life of pleasure and privilege seems to be the opposite of Kasia's more ascetic worldview. However, in time Marysia discovers that they're linked in a way that she would have never imagined. Panna Nikt (Miss Nobody) premiered at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival.
coming-of-age, friendship, girl, lesbianism, new-kid-in-town, peasant, teenagers