Moving Holocaust Tale
Starring: Robert Wieckoewicz, Benno
Grochowska, Maria Schrader,
Herbert Knaup, Marcin Bosak,
Julia Kijowska, Kinga Preis,
Krzystof Skonieczny, Michal
Zurawski, Zosia Pieczynska,
Oliwier Stanczak, Mila
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 145 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Executive Producer: Wojciech Danowski, David F.
Shamoon, Dr. Carl Woebken,
Christoph Fisser, Anna Maria
Producer: Steffan Reuter, Patrick
Knippel, Marc-Daniel Dichant,
Leander Carell, Juliusz
Machulski, Paul Stephens, Eric
Writer: David F. Shamoon
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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 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.