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In Darkness

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Poland, Germany, Canada · 2011
Rated R · 2h 25m
Director Agnieszka Holland
Starring Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader
Genre Drama, War

The stunning true story of Leopold Soha, a sewer worker who risks his life to save a dozen Jewish refugees from Nazi control in the Polish city of Lvov. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar changes his motives, as he hides Jewish refugees for 14 months for the purpose of serving humanity.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

It is suspenseful, horrifying and at times intensely moving. But the ease with which it elicits these responses from the audience feels more opportunistic than insightful.


The New Yorker by David Denby

Watching the movie, you feel the constriction and the disgust of the life below, but Holland, pacing the film well, knows when to come up for air. Each time she does, the daylight seems like a benediction. [13 & 20 Feb. 2012, p 120]


Time Out by David Fear

You know the money-over-morality argument will eventually tilt toward righteousness, yet the film's turn toward charcoal-sketch notions of good and evil only fuels a simplistic view of historical tragedy in the worst sort of way.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

In a world where everyone was looking for an angle, hoping to survive the nightmare and maybe even turn other people's misery into a tidy profit, the fact that a fragile humanity survived at all is little short of a miracle.


Boxoffice Magazine by Mark Keizer

In Darkness takes its place among the many great European films to tackle the subject. Plenty of quality-seeking adult moviegoers will be lured to the arthouse and thoroughly moved.


Observer by Rex Reed

In Darkness is gloomy and hard to take for a running time of 145 minutes, but it's an important film, related with deep conviction, and uncompromising in its understanding of the remarkable things members of the human race have done - to, for, and against each other - in the wilderness of war.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Holland has said that she wanted her harrowing and rewarding epic to run long so it would make viewers feel that they're in the sewers as well. In this, she succeeds.

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