In Darkness is based on the true story of petty thief and sewer inspector, Leopold Socha and takes part in the Nazi controlled, Polish city of Lvov. The film follows Socha’s gradual rise from despicable lowlife to that of a hero, in a film where heroes are a rare commodity.
No one knows the sewers like Socha, and it’s in the sewers that he keeps his stash of stolen property, telling is co-thief that they can’t sell anything yet, because nothing is worth anything at the moment – they will have to bide their time.
But then one day, whilst powling the sewers beneath the city, Socha hears a noise coming from the Jewish ghetto and goes to investigate. He discovers that a group of Jews have dug a hole through their floor to the sewer below, and escape hatch for when the Nazis decide to come for them one last time. Sochia however lays ownership to the sewers and tells them that they will have to pay him to be their guide when the time comes.
And the time comes pretty soon.
Once in the sewers, the Jews find them selves at the mercy of Sochia who manages to whittle them down into a manageable group, and re-located them to an unused part of the sewer system, and brings them food regularly in return for their ever diminishing funds.
In Darkness is a hard film to watch, it’s brutal reality and superb cinematography brings the disgusting and dirty condition of the sewers to painful light. Witnessing as the in-fighting and desperation between the Jews threatens to destroy their dirty refuge.
As far as stories of survival go, In Darkness is up there with the best, a gritty story that shows despite our propensity for evil, we still have a greater capacity for good.
R16 Violence, Sex Scenes and Content that May Disturb.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read