In Darkness is a Polish film from 2011, which recently premièred on BBC4.
Based upon the book In The Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall, In Darkness follows Polish sewer worker, Leopold Socha, and his efforts to conceal 12 Jews from the Nazis in the sewers of his home-town, Lvov.
You won’t be surprised – or shocked – to hear that the story is based on actual events. In other words, it’s a true story.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, In Darkness received 17 nominations worldwide collecting 7 wins.
In the UK it received a ’15’ certificate – hardly surprising given the nature of the film. However, certificates are insufficient it seems when a film is broadcast on TV. Detailed synopses plus explicit warnings are required. The BBC duly issued such a warning. And the warning made me think several things in fact, but primarily; why, when a film airs at say 23:00 hours is it necessary to warn viewers about its content? Surely the little ones are in bed? So isn’t it enough to say the film is about the Holocaust and it’s a ’15’?
Are we are so damn fucking sensitive we need to be forewarned at length about the film’s content?
No – I don’t think we are, and yet these warnings become ever more elaborate.
“Strong language now on BBC4 as well as some violent scenes and some scenes you may find upsetting, as an unlikely hero saves a dozen lives…”
I watched In Darkness. I scored it 9/10 on IMDB. It’s as good as Schindler’s List (1993) and The Pianist (2002). Better than The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).
However, might I be so bold as to suggest a revision to the BBC’s lengthy synopsis-cum-warning for the sensitive souls out there, who cannot deal with all this 2D trauma and unpleasantness
“Strong language now on BBC4 as well as some violent scenes and some scenes you SHOULD find upsetting, as an unlikely hero saves a dozen lives…”