In Darkness

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

In Darkness

JOY REVIEW

In Darkness is Poland’s nominee for the Oscars for best foreign film and is directed by Agnieszka Holland. It is basically a story of a thief who lived in Poland during World War II, and because he used to hide his stolen goods in a sewer, he ended up saving a bunch of Polish Jews from the ghetto from extermination. She’s a great director and some of the scenes are really beautiful, it’s just very hard to watch. The opening scene is naked women running through the forest and being shot down by Nazis, followed by Jews having their beards cut off, just unimaginable brutality. I suppose the point of the movie is to show that living in the sewers with rats, and literally poop, was better than extermination in an incredibly cruel way. It’s a very upsetting movie. I must say, I’m just not a candidate for this (it took me four sittings to get through Schindler’s List), but it depends, I guess, what your tolerance is for this kind of stuff; even though I suppose the final statement is one man can make a huge difference — much like Schindler’s List — but the scenes of brutality, I literally couldn’t stomach. I don’t know how to rate this. You’re on your own on this one.