Veteran director Agnieszka Holland focusses on a little-known phenomenon in Second World War Poland, Jews hiding in the underground sewer systems of the major cities to escape deportation and the death camps.
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An unusual view of the Holocaust based on a not explored before phenomenon: the hiding of Jews in the sewer tunnels to escape execution by the Nazis. It's a very realistic and honest portrait. There are flawed characters amongst the survivors, they're human, not just victims, which makes them even more interesting and not 'black and white' characters. The cinematography is beautiful!
A brilliant, unshowy, unsentimental film about a group of Jews whose only hope of survival is to shelter in the sewers beneath Lodz and trust their lives to an untrustworthy thief. It is the complex and often flawed personalities and relationships that give this film a realism that is not often seen in Holocaust movies.
Following the trial of courage in the face of one of the Third Reich's most notorious occupations, this film charts the growth of one mans opportunism into heartfelt humanity for those under his supervision.
An austere but none the less well crafted piece of cinema, tackling the struggle and endurance of those living through the holocaust on both sides of the wire.
Brutal and dark, yet sublime, this film was unusual from start to finish. A great deal of the film is spent with minimal light, the faces of characters barely lit by small hand lanterns and streaks of light pouring into the sewers - although frustrating at times, this made the above-ground scenes of winter war feel even colder and harsher than before. "In Darkness" was a highly gripping (and stressful) viewing.