Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In Darkness

In the Nazi occupied town of Lvov, Poland, an anti-semitic sanitation worker agrees, against all instinct and strictly as a business proposition, to shelter a dozen Jews in the town's labyrinthine sewer system, which he has detailed knowledge of. As the money runs out and the threats to his own safety increase, he develops a bond with the sheltered and takes increasingly dangerous risks to protect them. Agnieszka Holland's "In Darkness" is a well-made, lengthy, occasionally intense and perceptive film which, as much as it pains me to say it, is little more than a poor man's "Schindler's List," and says little else than was said in that great film.