Pawel Pawlikowski’s film is in black and white.
Form and shape and composition
Things of the world and the body versus things of the spirit
Failings of the things of desire – the man who killed the girl’s parents so that he should possess what they had/ his destruction of himself and his father; the aunt’s destruction by her desires for things of the world
The damage done that can’t be undone
The girl’s sacrificing of herself (but does she really want anything else? She shows no evidence of desire for the young man; only curiosity)
Is this a truthful film?
Yes. But not everyone’s truth. It’s one sided