Rated R · 145 minutes · 2012

Historical drama
A Polish sewer worker (Robert Wieckiewicz) reluctantly helps Jews hide from the Nazis during the Holocaust—and the people are forced to live without daylight in the sewers for more than a year. Based on the true story of Leopold Socha and the people he helped, the movie is tough to watch. But in the end, the film is rewarding, with Wieckiewicz delivering an absorbing performance, and director Agnieszka Holland doing an excellent job of capturing the claustrophobic conditions. Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the film is long (nearly 2 1/2 hours), so block out a sufficient amount of time if you plan to watch it. Also, prepare to be emotionally exhausted.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/indarkness
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Producer: Steffen Reuter, Patrick Knippel, Marc-Daniel Dichant, Leander Carell, Juliusz Machulski, Paul Stephens, Eric Jordan, Wojciech Danowski, David Shamoon, Dr. Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Anna Zündel
Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Marcin Bosak, Julia Kijowska, Jerzy Walczak, Oliwier Stanczak, Milla Bankowicz, Olek Mincer and Michal Zurawski


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Indy Week Polish film In Darkness digs deeper into WWII anti-Semitism In Darkness is an unhappy portrait of humanity flailing about in the sewers, and things didn't get much worse than Poland and Ukraine in 1943: Virtually all of the 200,000 Jews in the vicinity of Lvov were annihilated. by David Fellerath 04/11/2012
The Coast Halifax The Coast picks the movies Recent recommendations from our reviewing braintrust by Carsten Knox 03/22/2012
Portland Mercury A Dim View Two-and-a-half hours of the Holocaust In Darkness. by Marjorie Skinner 03/08/2012
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Charleston City Paper The Polish Jews of In Darkness take to the sewers The quandary of so many Holocaust films is how to show now-familiar horrors without making them seem rote, like some sort of laundry list of degradation. by Felicia Feaster 04/25/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Another glimmer of light: In Darkness Are you ready for another Holocaust story? If you'd thought that surely they'd all been told at this point, think again. by MaryAnn Johanson 04/11/2012
Style Weekly Ground Under "In Darkness" takes the horrors of World War II to even deeper extremes. by Wayne Melton 03/06/2012
Pittsburgh City Paper In Darkness This drama recounts the true story of a man who hides a group of Jews in the sewers beneath an occupied Polish town by Harry Kloman 04/18/2012
The Coast Halifax Brilliant In Darkness Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama a must-see by Molly Segal 03/22/2012

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