365 Days (2020 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Based on||365 Dni|
by Blanka Lipińska
|Edited by||Marcin Drewnowski|
|Distributed by||Next Film|
|Box office||$9.5 million|
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 written by Blanka Lipińska. The plot follows a young Warsaw woman in a spiritless relationship falling for a dominant Sicilian man, who imprisons her and grants 365 days 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, quickly gaining global attention.
After a meeting between the Torricelli Sicilian Mafia crime family and black market dealers, Massimo Torricelli watches a beautiful woman on a beach. His father, leader of the Sicilian Mafia family, is shot dead, injuring Massimo as well.
Five years later, Massimo is now a ruthless and violent leader having taken over the Torricelli crime family. In Warsaw, Laura Biel, a fiery executive, is unhappy in her relationship with her boyfriend Martin, who rebuffs her when she tries to initiate sex. While on a private jet with other mafiosos nearby, Massimo initiates sexual contact with a female cabin crew member without her explicit consent. Laura celebrates her 29th birthday in Italy with friends, and while trying to find the bathroom at a bar, Massimo lurks behind Laura in the shadows until Laura turns and accidentally bumps into him and asks her if she is lost. Laura proceeds to walk around Massimo to find the bathroom. The next day, after Martin embarrasses her, Laura goes for a walk, during which Massimo's associate drugs and kidnaps her.
Upon awakening, Laura finds herself in a locked bedroom in Massimo's villa. Later, Laura observes that an unknown person unlocks the bedroom door from outside, and Laura leaves the room to try to escape the villa. She is shocked to find a giant painting of her own face on a wall in the villa, at which point Massimo appears. Laura recognizes Massimo as the man who had lurked behind her at the bar, and she faints. After Laura regains consciousness and while in a state of confusion, Massimo tries to make Laura suck an ice cube while sexually assaulting her mouth with his fingers. Laura spits out the ice cube into his face and angrily asks Massimo why he has kidnapped her. Massimo roughly throws Laura into a chair and reveals to her that she was the woman at the beach five years ago and that when he was injured, all he could think about was her. After searching for years and finally spotting her at the airport, he had to have her and intends to keep her as a prisoner for 365 days until she falls in love with him, promising a life of endless luxury. When she tries to escape, he threatens her family, shows her photographs of Martin's infidelity, and tells her a breakup letter was delivered to Martin on her behalf. He reassures her that he will not touch her without her consent, even as he violently throws her down, straddles and restrains her, molests her body, and threatens her not to provoke him. Laura again attempts to run away, but Massimo violently restrains and sexually assaults her. Laura manages to grab his gun from his waist, but Massimo wrestles the gun away from Laura, grabs her neck, and shoves her face into the wall. Massimo's associates arrive and call him to handle another issue, and an associate escorts Laura to her room. Laura attempts to escape the villa again, but after accidentally witnessing Massimo and his associates murdering a man, she faints and is brought back to her room.
She awakens to find herself in bed wearing lingerie, and Massimo sitting shirtless next to the bed. Massimo orders Laura to get ready for a trip, and when Laura objects and pushes Massimo's chest, he violently throws her down onto the bed and straddles her. Laura slaps him, and he threatens her against hitting him. Massimo takes Laura shopping, and while Laura is standing in a dressing room only clad in her underwear, Massimo enters and leers at her body. After Laura tells him to leave the room, Massimo grabs her by the throat, shoves her against the wall, and reinforces his control over her. Laura runs out of the store and asks for help from two police officers, who ignore her pleas and greet Massimo who has appeared. Massimo tells her to get used to her situation to avoid making it harder for herself. Laura asks Massimo whether he will truly not touch her without her permission, and he claims to not be the monster that she thinks he is. Later, Laura wakes up in her bed shocked to find a half-naked Massimo lying next to her. Laura goes to take a shower, and Massimo follows fully naked into the shower area, and approaches close to Laura after she stares at him. Laura touches Massimo's body and leads him under the shower, and turns to walk away from him. Massimo violently grabs Laura by the back of the neck and issues an implied threat of rape if he is provoked. Later, after she is dressed, Laura is forcefully carried over the shoulders of Massimo's bodyguard, while kicking and screaming, into Massimo's private jet, where she is tied up with belts in her seat. While his other associates are seated nearby, Massimo proceeds to sexually assault Laura, including fondling her breasts and sticking his hands down her pants, leaving Laura looking dejected in her ongoing state of traumatization. At a hotel in Rome, Laura is locked in Massimo's room, where Massimo exposes himself, shoves Laura forcefully onto his bed, straddles her naked, and cuffs her wrists and ankles to the bed. She is forced to watch Massimo receive oral sex from another woman. Afterward, he sexually assaults Laura, kissing her legs and breast, despite her pleas and lack of affirmative consent. He tells her he will have sexual intercourse with her, then stops, releases her, and orders her to get dressed for a club.
At the club, Laura wears a revealing outfit that Massimo had bought her, however Massimo is angered and scolds her for her outfit. He threatens her not to provoke him and that he will eventually force himself on her whenever he wants. When Laura begins to flirt with a man from the rival mafia family, the man gropes her against her will. Massimo and the others draw their weapons while Laura is taken out of the club. The following morning, she awakens on a yacht to Massimo and his fellow mafioso, Mario, arguing. During the night, Massimo had shot the man who had groped Laura, inciting a mafia war between the two families. Mario insists that Massimo has to get rid of Laura, but he refuses. Laura attempts to apologize, but Massimo blames her, saying he shot the rival mafioso because of how Laura dressed and behaved. As they argue, Massimo continously grabs at Laura, who tells him to stop touching her. His physical struggle with Laura causes her to fall into the water and almost drown. Massimo jumps in to save her. When she awakens, Massimo admits he was scared to lose her but that he also wants to kill her, and he reprimands her for being disobedient. Laura apologizes, and initiates sexual contact with Massimo after enduring months of physical, psychological, financial, and sexual abuse and control by Massimo.
Massimo allows Laura to visit her family in Warsaw. He tells her he loves her and will join her after finishing up business. In Warsaw, Laura waits for Massimo for days with no contact. She reconnects with Olga and they go clubbing. She runs into Martin, who says he has been looking for her to apologize and explain the photographs. He attempts to convince her to reconcile and follows her back to her apartment, where Massimo is unexpectedly waiting. He tells Martin to go. Angry at being abandoned, Laura slaps Massimo. While having sex, she opens his shirt to see wounds from the mafia war. She confesses to him that she loves him. The following morning, Massimo proposes and she accepts. However, she asks him to keep his "occupation" a secret from her parents.
Back in Italy, Mario informs Massimo of rising tensions. Laura mentions feeling unwell but brushes off seeing a doctor. They discuss their upcoming wedding that her family is not allowed to attend, as she does not want them to discover what Massimo does. However, Massimo allows Olga to come as Laura's bridesmaid. When Olga visits, Laura reveals she is pregnant. Olga urges her to tell Massimo about the pregnancy. Meanwhile, Mario receives a phone call from a Torricelli informant that the rival mafia family is about to kill Laura. Mario rushes to find Massimo who is on the phone with Laura, scolding her for the amount of time she has spent trying on dresses. Laura's call drops as her car enters a tunnel. After Mario reaches Massimo, Massimo realizes the implications of Laura's call getting disconnected. Massimo breaks down, as images of a smiling Laura flash across the screen, now free from Massimo. A police car blares at the entrance of the tunnel.
- Michele Morrone as Don Massimo Torricelli
- Anna-Maria Sieklucka as Laura Biel
- Bronisław Wrocławski as Mario
- Otar Saralidze as Domenico
- Magdalena Lamparska as Olga
- Natasza Urbańska as Anna
- Grażyna Szapołowska 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's theme song "Feel It", along with the songs "Watch Me burn", "Dark Room", and "Hard for me" are sung by Morrone. The songs "I See Red," "Give Em Hell," and "Wicked Ways" are sung by Everybody Loves an Outlaw, a.k.a. Bonnie and Taylor Sims. "I See Red" made it to number one on the US, UK, and Global Spotify lists.
365 Days was released in Poland on 7 February 2020, grossing $9 million. In the United Kingdom, the film received a limited theatrical release on 14 February 2020, and grossed $494,181, before premiering on Netflix in June 2020.
The film made the top three most viewed items on Netflix in numerous territories, including Germany, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Sweden, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Romania, South Africa, Portugal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the United States.
365 Days drew parallels with the 2015 erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, but was praised for its more daring sex scenes. It was criticised for romanticising kidnapping and rape. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 0% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 1.64/10.
Jessica Kiang of Variety described the film as "a thoroughly terrible, politically objectionable, occasionally hilarious Polish humpathon". The Guardian, after citing other media – "Variety called it 'dumber-than-hair'. Cosmopolitan labelled it 'the worst thing I’ve ever seen'" – highlights the film's "dismal dialogue", poor character development and unsexy sex scenes.
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