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In Darkness

23 Oct

in darknessA dramatization of one man’s rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (IMDb)

So. I’m going to start this off by saying this is a rough two and half hours. Not rough in terms of film making, but rough in terms of “this is a Holocaust movie about Jews living in a sewer for a year” rough. Director Agnieszka Holland doesn’t shy away from showing the brutality of their situation and of the time period in general. Basically, this movie is one depressing situation after another. But don’t get me wrong, this movie is also very good. I really liked the realistic portrayal of the main character, as he starts out helping them only for personal gain, and then we see him grow as a person as he starts realizing that they are people too. I loved his wife, Wanda, she is a great character. Also, the group of people that ended up staying in the sewers was also interesting. They were not friends, only four of them were family, and not all of them even liked each other, they all just got thrown into this situation and had to deal with. This was mostly very quickly paced, and was fairly good at transitioning the jumps in time, although it did lack a little into the second half. Also for me, the fact that the resolution obviously took place months after the climax didn’t quite work. It was this huge tension filled moment in the sewers…and then it was a fast forward to a least a few months later and it was the ending of the movie. But I will say, this is worth a watch for the story, which is even more remarkable because it was true.

7/10

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