#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – IN DARKNESS tells the true story of Leopold Socha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the German-occupied town of Lvov (former Poland).
Plot: A dramatization of one man’s rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the Nazi-occupied town of Lvov (formerly Poland).
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Powerful movie-making and heart-wrenching storytelling.
The subject matter of some films is so serious that it makes it difficult to assess the work in purely cinematic terms. This is especially true of real-life events that raise moral issues and there can be no bigger instance than that of the Holocaust which is every second of “In Darkness”. It tells a story that would be literally incredible if it was not true: how a dissolute Polish sewer worker called Leopold Socha saved the lives of a dozen Jews by hiding them underground for months. This happened in what was during the Second World War the Polish town of Lwów and today is the Ukrainian town of Lviv. In 1978, Socha and his wife were awarded the title “Righteous among the Nations” by Yad Vashem in Israel.
The film is the work of Polish female director Agnieszka Holland and it is a Polish, German and Canadian co-production with a screenplay by Canadian writer David F. Shamoon. In any country, the film will have some subtitles, because the dialogue involves Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish and German, and of course in English-speaking nations the whole thing is sub-titled which will limit its appeal to many, but it really is a work worth watching. Holland effectively conveys the paralysing fear and utter squalor of life in the sewers and Robert Wieckiewicz as Socha – like the other actors – shows how the unbearable stresses of such situations make people behave in ways, both good and bad, which are out of character.
“In Darkness” does not have the narrative drive and clear characterisation of “Schindler’s List” but, like Spielberg’s film, it is powerful movie-making and heart-wrenching storytelling.
There aren’t many modern Americans who haven’t asked themselves what they would have done during the Nazi Regime. Growing up, I heard stories about people hiding Jews as one of the noblest things a person could do.
For all of the many films I have seen over the years, which focus on this period, I have never quite seen this view. The Polock worker who saves a few Jews, at first for profit, then for the right reasons. “In Darkness” feels a little like “Schindler’s List” but if Oscar Schindler hadn’t been rich. What if he was a poor plumber?
I find this viewpoint far more similar to my own so while I may think “Schindler’s List” is a wonderful film for other reasons, when it comes to my own personal involvement and relatability, “In Darkness” has it beat.
“In Darkness” focuses on Leopold Socha who, as a way of earning some extra cash, saves some Jews from the liquidation of the ghettos and hides them in the sewers where only he can find them. Where the film succeeds so well is in the depiction of this hiding. It isn’t the German patrols that are going to get the refugees caught. It is the infighting, the unsure plumber’s assistant, the affair one of the Jews is having with another, and the wife of Socha who thinks he’s taking too much of a risk. These relationships are where the tension lies.
At first I was uncomfortable with the depiction of Jews in the film. May of the stereotypes that have been employed against them are in full effect in this film. They crawl the sewers like rats, seem to have little regard for Socha’s risk in helping them, and there are a couple of them who would tempt even the most saintly among us with frustration at the very least. In a way you sympathize with Socha as he complains when they try to pay him less, then add more people to the deal. He only has so much space. He has to cut off the count somewhere. The depiction of the family seems slanted because it is. They are shown from his point of view, which is flawed and stretched.
You also understand the panic of the Jewish family as they slowly come to realize what waits for them if they go above the sewer lines. It’s a simply horrific situation that stretches everyone to the limits of what they can endure as a human being and that aspect of the film never lets up.
The world needs more films about tragedy which are styled like this one. “In Darkness” doesn’t shy away from the horrors of WW2 but also doesn’t revel in it. What it revels in is the hope that morning comes. Eventually the Germans leave. The Jews come out of the sewers and the family enjoys a meal with the man who saved their lives, all of them thankful and grateful.
I’m not talking about false hope in some Deus Ex Machina. I’m talking about real hope that knows that goodness is there in the human heart and we are all capable of rising and lifting together. With so many reasons to look at the world and despair, a little hope goes a long way.
Original Language de
Runtime 2 hr 25 min (145 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director Agnieszka Holland
Writer Robert Marshall, David F. Shamoon
Actors Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska
Country Poland, Germany, Canada
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 11 wins & 20 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Red One Camera
Laboratory CinePostproduction Geyer Berlin, Germany
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm, Digital