The film explores themes of power dynamics, sexual attraction, and the blurred lines between consent and coercion...

“365 Days” is a Polish erotic romantic drama film directed by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandes. Released in 2020, the film is based on the first novel of a trilogy written by Blanka Lipińska.

The story revolves around Laura Biel, a successful executive who is kidnapped by a member of the Sicilian mafia named Massimo Torricelli. Massimo, who has been obsessed with Laura for years, gives her 365 days to fall in love with him. During this time, he keeps her captive in his luxurious villa in Sicily.

As Laura spends more time with Massimo, she begins to develop complex feelings towards him. Despite her initial resistance and fear, she finds herself drawn to his intense and dominant personality. As their relationship evolves, Laura must navigate the dangerous world of organized crime and make difficult choices about her own desires and future.

The film was released in Poland theatres on 7 February 2020 and was later made available on Netflix on 7 June 2020. It quickly gained global attention, becoming one of the most watched items in numerous territories on multiple continents, and having one of the longest periods as the most watched item in Netflix’s history in the United States. Despite this popularity, the film was universally panned by critics, with criticism aimed at its perceived glorification of the Mafia and heavy use of sex sequences that included sexual violence, drawing comparisons to the Fifty Shades trilogy. The movie is a sequel in which its second part, entitled “365 Days”: This Day, was released on Netflix on 27 April 2022 and the third part entitled The next 365 days was released on August 19 2022 same year with its second part.

The main casts of this movie include: Anna-Maria Sieklucka as “Laura Biel”, Michele Morrone as “Escuderro Massimo”, Bronisław Wrocławski as “Mario”, Otar Saralidze as “Domenico”, Magdalena Lamparska as “Olga”, Natasza Urbańska as “Anna”, Grażyna Szapolowska as “Klara Biel-Laura’s Mother” , Tomasz Stockinger as “Tomasz Biel-Laura’s father”, Gianni Parisi as “Massimo’s father”, Mateusz Łasowski as “Martin” , Blanka Lipińska as a bride .

The film explores themes of power dynamics, sexual attraction, and the blurred lines between consent and coercion. It has sparked controversy for its explicit sexual content and portrayal of a toxic relationship. « 365 Days » has gained significant attention for its provocative nature and has garnered a dedicated fan base while also receiving criticism for its problematic depiction of romance and consent.

Delia Nyadi

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