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In darkness

(DVD - 2012 - Polish)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In darkness


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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 Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience. Based on a true story.
Title: In darkness
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 144 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include: An evening with director Agnieszka Holland; In light: a conversation with director Agnieszka Holland and real life survivor Krystyna Chiger; theatrical trailer.
Based on the book "In the sewers of Lvov" by Robert Marshall.
Summary: 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 Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience. Based on a true story.
Audience: MPAA rating R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language.
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Report This Jan 16, 2014
  • nickmick rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Check the interview part as well.

Report This Oct 02, 2013
  • BertBailey rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another very good flick about the murkiness below the surface of pretty much all of us, when pressed by circumstances. About a group of Jews who hide in the Lvov sewers during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The characters are, one and all, imperfect: every shade of gray, ranging from bad to worse, given the dire circumstances of wartime: racist Poles (who aren't altogether heartless), unreliable Jews (who of course are the locus of the movie's sympathy), Ukrainians driven to brutality as Nazis (er, unredeemed, except by inference from Stalinism), etc. In fact, it's one of the few 2nd World War films chock full of villains where German Nazis hardly play a part -- which, in some parts of Europe during that hell, would be 100% true to the facts. Bleak but well worth watching.

Report This Jun 13, 2013
  • velloxal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

War is always messy. How can you find human being in yourself. People are afraid of theirs own shadows. It's time you will know who your friends are. Can you find courage to help others risking your own life and your family... Humanity is an answer to this drastic and difficult time.

Report This Jan 24, 2013
  • librarianatlarge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very moving film about a group of Jews trying to survive in the sewers of Lviv, Poland, and the Polish sewer worker who tries to save them. This film is based on a true story. Harrowing, touching and inspiring. Most of the characters are well developed, with only a few stereotypes. These are ordinary people caught up in horrific circumstances. Although a little long at 145 minutes, it is absorbing. The post script of the words spoken at a funeral are chilling.

Report This Jan 23, 2013
  • Daylight62 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie! Very touching and sad. I thought that it was very well done and although I usually find it hard to sit through such a long movie, (145 minutes), it didn't seem that long at all.

Report This Jan 06, 2013
  • George Millar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Directed by Agnieszka Holland, "IN DARKNESS" is a dark but brilliant documentary of the plight of Jews in Poland. [WW II] If you are watching it and feel you can't handle the suffering remember... xxxx xx x xxxxx xx xxx xxx xx xxx tunnel!

Report This Dec 20, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent war drama - a group of Polish Jews surviving in the underground sewage for 14 months to escape slaughter by the Nazi invaders - aided by a reluctuant hero. The film was well directed by Polish director Holland and demands your full attention throughout the story. Certain sexual scenes were well placed to remind us that in spite of very dire conditions, human desire for flesh and lust often finds an opportunity to prevail.

Report This Nov 29, 2012
  • downsman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A harrowing and claustrophobic movie in which, by alleviating the sufferings of others, a bigoted and avarastic sewer worker finds depths of humanity he had never needed to plumb before. The film never tries to sanctify the Jews whom Socha helps--they range from heroic to selfish and bitter--but that makes his redemption all the more profound. At the end of the film we read the words spoken at his funeral: they are illuminating.

Very well don. Difficult true story, beautiful and informative and should be available in all high schools. I have relatives from this area, some survived though many did not.

Report This Oct 15, 2012
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is in Polish, with English subtitles. It is a heart wrenching story of a group of Jews who are hidden in the sewer system during the Nazi occupation. The sewer worker who helps them by providing food and shelter, is also 'assisting' the Nazi's in clearing the sewers of Jews. It is a hold your breathe kind of movie. Well done.

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Report This Dec 20, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Nudity and explicit sexual activities make this film not suitable for children.

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