365 Days – the movie

365 Days (Polish: 365 Dni) is a 2020 Polish erotic romantic drama film directed by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandes. It is based on the first novel of a trilogy by Blanka Lipińska.[2][3][4] The plot follows a young woman from Warsaw in a spiritless relationship falling for a dominant Sicilian man, who imprisons and imposes on her a period of 365 days for which to fall in love with him. It stars Michele Morrone as Don Massimo Torricelli and Anna-Maria Sieklucka as Laura Biel.

The film was released theatrically in Poland on 7 February 2020 and was later made available on Netflix on 7 June 2020,[5] quickly gaining global attention.[3][5][6] It was one of the most watched items in numerous territories on multiple continents, and had one of the longest periods as the most watched item in Netflix’s history in the United States. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, who heavily criticized its softcore themes and sexual violence.

It looks like we’ll be getting more 365 dni—aka 365 Days—in the future, baby girl. After it began streaming on Netflix in June of 2020, viewers couldn’t get enough of the plot hole-filled tale of a billionaire mafia man kidnapping the unsuspecting tourist Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka), forcing her to fall in love with him within 365 days.

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Weeks after 365 Days began streaming, star Michele Morrone confirmed a sequel to the runaway hit. “We’re going to shoot the second part,” Morrone, recently cast in season 2 of Netflix’s Toy Boy, said in a video first reported by TMZ. “We still don’t know when because of the problem the whole world got about the COVID, but for sure we will make it.”

Parents need to know that 365 Days is a 2020 erotic film in Polish, Italian, and English (with English subtitles). Its popularity has raised the question on social media regarding whether the movie’s graphic sex scenes record actors actually having sex. The story is based on the Polish trilogy 365 dni by Blanka Lipinska. A handsome gangster glimpses a woman and then spends years searching the world for her. When he finds her, he kidnaps the woman, locks her away, and “gives” her a year to fall in love with him. Lots of lustful looks and touches precede all-out sex, including a scene in which he chains her to a bed while another woman gives him oral sex. No genitals are shown, but the movie offers many graphic sex scenes with bared breasts and bottoms, and a number of positions from the Kama Sutra and other sexual how-to manuals. While fans of titillation will find much to enjoy here, the message is a dangerous one: that when overpowering men are involved, women say “no” but mean “yes.” A few murders are thrown in on the side, and language includes “f–k,” “s–t,” “ass,” “d–k,” “piss,” “hell,” “damn,” and “wop.” Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol to excess. Cocaine is mentioned, as is sex trafficking of young girls.

Although weirdly entertaining in its own sleazy way, this is an adolescent boy’s dream about what women want, a sexual fantasy to “prove” that women who say “no” really mean “yes.” Poorly written and largely ridiculous in its attempt to portray human character (and in its blatant rip-off of Fifty Shades of Grey and nod to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew), 365 Days will nevertheless titillate those patient enough to wade through terrible dialogue and senseless plot to get to the erotica. Given that Netflix deems two minutes of watching time an official “view,” it’s possible that many are skipping to erotic scenes without watching the self-important rot in between.

The gangster seemingly proves his nobility when he promises he’ll never do anything without Laura’s permission, but then promptly puts one hand on her breast and the other around her neck as she tries to writhe away. Uh, perhaps it’s time to revisit the definition of “permission”? Most extraordinary and blatantly misogynist are sympathetic nods by Massimo’s friends to how difficult Laura is, as if experienced and knowing men of the world are often forced to tolerate temperamental women, ignoring completely that Laura’s contrariness isn’t a sign of diva tendencies, but rather the normal response of someone trying to run from her captor. That Laura flaunts her sexuality in front of Massimo might imply she’s asserting her power, but it reads as if the movie believes women are teases who want to “succumb” to powerful men, providing ammunition for men who argue that women just want to be treated roughly and dominated. At least the 1993 film Indecent Proposal used money to incentivize a woman’s sexual surrender to unwanted male attention rather than suggesting that women are turned on by domineering and brutal men who take what they want. 

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