In Darkness
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From acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness is based on a true story. 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. The film is also… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Based on a true story, "In Darkness" is obviously tough to watch, especially since Holland's camera is both unforgiving and relentlessly human."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Based on the true story of Leopold Socha, a Catholic Polish sewer worker who hid a group of Jews over a period of 14 months in the underground tunnels of Lvov."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Unique among Holocaust films, Agnieszka Holland's Academy Award-nominated In Darkness is set during World War II in a small town in Poland named Lvov (now a part of the Ukraine)."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Though the film's factual basis dictates an upbeat ending, much of the journey is appropriately and memorably grim."
‑ Michael Brooke, Sight and Sound
"The effect of all this slow-moving redundancy is like 'Schindler's List' on sleeping pills. It turns a tale of improbable rescue and survival into a boring homework assignment."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It positively clamours for your attention."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"More than half of In Darkness takes place underground, shrouded in rank, oppressive shadows. But the movie also glows bright with life and hope."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Holland's film is extraordinarily generous with its characters in ways that take the story beyond being a historical fable of altruism and endurance."
‑ Alison Willmore, The Playlist
"The title says it all, really."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"In Darkness is an emotionally tough, well made film that shows that, despite their inherent familiarity, there are still plenty of great stories to emerge from mankind's darkest hour."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"The film is a morally challenging examination of the vexed Polish Catholic-Jewish relations of the era and a rich portrait of a man moving almost reluctantly toward righteousness."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The chiseled Furmann gives Mundek a savvy, even moral, brawn. As Paulina, Maria Schrader makes an argument for gentle yet pragmatic maternalism."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Just when you thought you could never watch another drama about surviving the Holocaust, veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland unearths an astonishing saga from a subterranean past."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"The Academy Award-nominated film does not disappoint in terms of performances or presentation, except for its length. A good percentage of its 145 minutes is spent in subterranean near-darkness."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The main thrust of the film mines the familiar territory of Schindler's List for sure, but In Darkness distinguishes itself by mixing strong characterizations of the families living underground with lots of suspense and claustrophobia."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
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