• In Darkness (2012)

In Darkness

Release Date: February 10th, 2012

DVD Release Date: June 12th, 2012

R |2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz) is a sewer worker in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland. When he finds a group of Jews hiding in the sewers, Leopold agrees to protect them from the Nazis in exchange for money, even though it could mean his death if they are found. Though he is solely motivated by cash at first, their experiences lead Leopold to adopt a different view of the people under his protection. When catastrophe strikes, Leopold is forced into a final act of courage.

Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Marcin Bosak

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: The Film Works

Keywords: Sacrifice, Suspenseful, Gripping, Transformation, 1940s, Moving

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    This story of suffering and almost inadvertent humanitarianism is harrowing, engrossing, claustrophobic and sometimes literally hard to watch. show more

  • 55
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    Rather than beginning with the assumption that there is no possibility of our coming to know that kind of suffering exactly and using imagination and insight to truly take us inside the Lvov Jews' plight, Holland makes the base conditions of their confinement a narrative as well as aesthetic priority. And frankly it's boring as shit. show more

  • 85
    Ella TaylorNPR

    The elephant in the room of any discussion of Poland and the Jews is that country's less-than-glorious record of betrayal and collaboration with the Nazis. Holland, who is half-Jewish and whose mother was active in the Polish Resistance, doesn't shrink from that legacy. show more

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Awards

Nominated Foreign Language Film