In Darkness (2012)
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From acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness is based on a true story. Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between
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Based on a true story, "In Darkness" is obviously tough to watch, especially since Holland's camera is both unforgiving and relentlessly human.
The film is a morally challenging examination of the vexed Polish Catholic-Jewish relations of the era and a rich portrait of a man moving almost reluctantly toward righteousness.
Based on the true story of Leopold Socha, a Catholic Polish sewer worker who hid a group of Jews over a period of 14 months in the underground tunnels of Lvov.
More than half of In Darkness takes place underground, shrouded in rank, oppressive shadows. But the movie also glows bright with life and hope.
The chiseled Furmann gives Mundek a savvy, even moral, brawn. As Paulina, Maria Schrader makes an argument for gentle yet pragmatic maternalism.
Unique among Holocaust films, Agnieszka Holland's Academy Award-nominated In Darkness is set during World War II in a small town in Poland named Lvov (now a part of the Ukraine).
Holland's film is extraordinarily generous with its characters in ways that take the story beyond being a historical fable of altruism and endurance.
Just when you thought you could never watch another drama about surviving the Holocaust, veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland unearths an astonishing saga from a subterranean past.
Though the film's factual basis dictates an upbeat ending, much of the journey is appropriately and memorably grim.
The Academy Award-nominated film does not disappoint in terms of performances or presentation, except for its length. A good percentage of its 145 minutes is spent in subterranean near-darkness.
The effect of all this slow-moving redundancy is like 'Schindler's List' on sleeping pills. It turns a tale of improbable rescue and survival into a boring homework assignment.
In Darkness is an emotionally tough, well made film that shows that, despite their inherent familiarity, there are still plenty of great stories to emerge from mankind's darkest hour.
The main thrust of the film mines the familiar territory of Schindler's List for sure, but In Darkness distinguishes itself by mixing strong characterizations of the families living underground with lots of suspense and claustrophobia.
With any serious, well-made drama about the horrors of the Holocaust comes the impulse...to value its worthiness over its qualities as entertainment...In Darkness is gritty, gruelling stuff...But it is a long, slow-moving story.
With straits at least as dire as those in The Diary of Anne Frank (and moral dimensions far more murky), In Darkness deals with survival at whatever cost, including compromise of personal principles. [Blu-ray]
In Darkness is a complex film as the divisions between acting for mercenary reasons and ethical ones are often uncertain.
Emotionally demanding and cinematically challenging, In Darkness tells us - repeats for us - what we must always remember about human nature: everyone can redeem themselves
"In Darkness" is a powerful film about those who refuse to yield, either to certain death or to complicity with evil.
...an extraordinarily well-made film, one that manages to effectively convey small truths about the nature of being human.
For her latest film, Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) again turns to a fascinating footnote from that chapter in history.
Though the film seems a bit long at almost two and a half hours, Holland needs that time to make the huddled cluster of Jews distinguishable as individuals.
What lingers aren't Holland's recreated atrocities but simpler, unexpected moments, as when a little girl who has become used to life in a sewer removes a rat from atop her coloring book as nonchalantly as if it were a fallen leaf.
This tale of fugitive Polish Jews hiding under the streets of Lvov, aided by a reluctant Catholic sewerage inspector, may be based on true events, but it sometimes feels like an entire season of soap opera scripts crammed into feature length.
Audience Reviews for In Darkness
- Officer: Where's your cap?
- Mundek Margulies: It was stolen sir.
- Officer: Bad luck. Without a cap... [pulls out gun] you have no business here. [puts gun to head but another shot interrupts the officer from firing]
- Officer: The man's healthy! Can't you see? [dismounts horse and walks over] If you must use a bullet... [shoots a sickly looking man in the head] use it wisely. Cap! [officer retrieves cap, hands to his superior officer who hands it to Mundek] Please.
- Mundek Margulies: Thank you.
- Bortnik: Your best vodka for my friends! You know what this means? [holds up a third reich watch with swastika emblem] It means I can help my friends. Even friends of friends.
- Szczepek: May I?
- Bortnik: If you need anything, just ask. I trained near the Baltic. They're tough monsters. But the Germans are the best thing to happen to the Ukrainians. The Polacks, too. Cheers!
- Bortnik: Socha? Socha!
- Leopold Socha: Bortnik! My Ukrainian friend! It's been years.
- Bortnik: Good to see you, brother! I'm a commander now.
- Leopold Socha: Szczepek here works with me. I know Bortnik...
- Bortnik: From Lonski!
- Szczepek: You were in jail?
- Leopold Socha: I had no choice.
- Paulina Chiger: Szczepek listen... Lonski was full of sons of bitches. But not Poldek. He could be trusted. I will never forget it. Cheers. [others cheer]
- Leopold Socha: Mr. Chiger... [leads him away to talk] Do the others know?
- Ignacy Chiger: I didn't want them to panic.
- Leopold Socha: Alright. [pulls out money and hands it to Ignacy] Here's next Friday's payment. Pay me in front of the others. I don't want them to think I'm a sucker who is doing all this for nothing.
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