In Darkness

In Darkness
This film is based on a true story. A sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between the thief and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into his conscience. The film is also an extraordinary story of survival as these men, women and children all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever increasing and intense danger. In Polish, Ukranian, Yiddish and German with English subtitles.

139 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Prejudice).
Drama, War, On the art circuit
We'll have to take turns.


Robert Wiechiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Marcin Bosak
Agnieszka Holland
ScreenplayDavid F. Shamoon, from the book by Robert Marshall
MusicAntoni Lazarkiewicz
CinematographyJolanta Dylewska
EditingMike Czarnecki
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2011
Produced byA consortium of Euripean and Canadian companies

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, war
LanguageStrong, frequent
NudityModerate to strong, occasional
SexStrong, occasional, some nudity
ViolenceStrong, frequent war atrocities
PrejudiceStrong, frequent anti-Semitism (anti-Jewish)
Drug abuseNone
CommentsA true story of how Jews were kept alive in the sewers of Poland for 14 months.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconSuffocating, terrifying tale of Holocaust survival.
Box Office
Mark Keizer quote iconIn Darkness takes its place among the many great European films to tackle the subject. Plenty of quality-seeking adult moviegoers will be lured to the arthouse and thoroughly moved.
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconIn Darkness has the best of intentions, but is a boring dirge, lingering far too long in sewers and wringing as much righteousness as possible out of scenes so dimly lit, they border on obscurity.
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What the People say

3809 Netizens quote iconA Touching and Moving Film

Average .. 76%



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