Thursday, January 10, 2013

Movies Worth A Second Look: 'In Darkness'

This 2011 film, nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, received a limited release in the U.S. last February, but is a must-see on DVD/Blu-ray. This story of survival against overwhelming odds during the Nazi occupation of Poland is as harrowing as "Schindler's List" and just as powerful. The film is long at 2 hours, 25 minutes, but the superb acting will keep you riveted the entire time. The film tells the story a Polish sewer worker who hides Jews in the cavernous sewers under the city of Lwow, which is now the city of Lviv in Ukraine. Originally he does it for the money to supplement his meager salary during harsh conditions but eventually feels a duty to help the Jews survive as Nazis round up every Jew in the city and deport them to concentration camps. And I had no idea it is based on a true story until the end credits. That makes the film even more powerful.

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