In Darkness

Moving Holocaust Tale

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Release Date: February 10, 2012

Starring: Robert Wieckoewicz, Benno
Fürmann, Agnieszka
Grochowska, Maria Schrader,
Herbert Knaup, Marcin Bosak,
Julia Kijowska, Kinga Preis,
Krzystof Skonieczny, Michal
Zurawski, Zosia Pieczynska,
Oliwier Stanczak, Mila
Bankowicz

Genre: Historical Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 145 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Pictures Entertainment

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Executive Producer: Wojciech Danowski, David F.
Shamoon, Dr. Carl Woebken,
Christoph Fisser, Anna Maria
Zündel

Producer: Steffan Reuter, Patrick
Knippel, Marc-Daniel Dichant,
Leander Carell, Juliusz
Machulski, Paul Stephens, Eric
Jordan

Writer: David F. Shamoon

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Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom, Co-Presidents
Sony Pictures Classics (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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New York, NY 10022
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Content:

(CC, BB, PaPa, LLL, VV, SS, NNN, AA, D, M) Strong Christian, moral worldview marred by some strong pagan, immoral content; about 41 obscenities (including some “f” words), six strong profanities, three light profanities, plus scenes in sewers; strong violence includes people shot dead, people rounded up, German National Socialists have bodies hanging to warn people to obey and not to help Jews, soldier killed, images of dead bodies, sounds of executions, fighting, people almost drown during flood in sewers, flood in sewers comes up to people chins; depicted adulterous sex in two scenes, depicted marital sex in one scene, implied fornication in one scene after man discovers woman using rain water to do makeshift shower; full female nudity in two scenes, upper female nudity in several scenes, rear female nudity in one scene, and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, stealing, three Jewish men abandon their friends hiding out in sewers, man benefits monetarily from Jews he’s hidden in sewers but later does it for free.

Summary:

IN DARKNESS is a Polish Holocaust movie, based on a true story, where a Polish Catholic thief becomes redeemed when he helps a small group of Jews living in the sewers survive the brutal Nazi occupation for 14 months. IN DARKNESS has a wonderful, inspiring Christian ending, but there’s too much rough lewd content that will limit its appeal.

Review:

IN DARKNESS is a Polish movie about the Holocaust with a wonderful, inspiring Christian ending, but there’s too much rough lewd, obscene content that will limit its appeal. Even so, it’s one of the better foreign movies released this year, despite a slow beginning and a long running time.

Based on a true story, the movie begins with a Polish sewer worker in Lvov, Leopold Socha, stealing some items from a young woman who’s romancing a young Nazi soldier. The Nazis violently clear out the city’s Jewish ghetto, but a small group of Jews led by a con man named Mundek flees into the sewers. Socha’s old friend Botnik, a Ukrainian officer working for the Nazis, promises Leo Nazi money if he finds Jews hiding in the sewers. Socha, however, makes a deal with a rich Jew in Mundek’s group to keep their whereabouts secret. What starts out as a cynical business deal turns into an unlikely alliance and friendship as Socha helps the Jews survive the sewers and evade Botnik and the Nazis.

IN DARKNESS starts slowly but builds in power as it continues. Also, the slow start shows Socha having relations with his wife and one of the Jews committing adultery in front of his wife when the Jews are crammed together in the ghetto. The movie also has lots of strong foul language.

That said, IN DARKNESS ends on a very strong, emotionally powerful Christian note as Socha finds his faith and risks life and limb for his Jewish charges. A short epilogue reveals that Socha is one of 6,000 non Jews who have been named “righteous” heroes of the Holocaust by Israel.

In Brief:

IN DARKNESS is a Polish Holocaust movie based on a true story. It begins with a sewer worker, Leopold Socha, stealing items from a young woman romancing a young Nazi soldier. The Nazis violently clear out the local Jewish ghetto, but a small group of Jews flees into the sewers. Socha’s old friend, a Ukrainian officer working for the Nazis, promises Leo money if he finds Jews hiding in the sewers. Socha, however, makes a deal with a rich Jew in the group to keep their whereabouts secret. What begins as a cynical business deal turns into an unlikely alliance and friendship fraught with danger.

IN DARKNESS starts slowly but builds in power. The slow start shows Socha having relations with his wife and one of the Jews committing adultery in front of his wife when they are crammed together in the ghetto. There’s also lots of strong foul language. That said, IN DARKNESS ends on a strong Christian note as Socha finds his faith and risks his life for his Jewish charges. A short epilogue reveals Socha is one of 6,000 who have been named “righteous” heroes of the Holocaust.