From acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness is based on a true story. Leopold Socha, 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 Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Honesty is the movie's greatest strength.David Denby, New Yorker, 02.26.2012
One might think that years and years of seeing Holocaust movies would create an immunity, a point at which you can feel no more. But in fact, it works the other way.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 02.23.2012
The film looks fine, is structured intelligently, measures out the horror in pragmatic amounts. In the end, though, it's that professionalism that gets in the way.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 03.01.2012
An epic, and no less of one for taking place largely in the claustrophobic confines of a Polish sewer system.John Anderson, Newsday, 03.01.2012