Locked-down Love: Passion and BDSM.

365 Days

It’s been heralded Poland’s answer to 50 Shades…  If that’s anything to go by, I expected shoddy scriptwriting, the word ‘Fuck’ to be uttered every other word and a female lead who’s utterly pathetic.

I was only right on one account.

As Netflix’s number 1 movie currently (disclaimer: I wrote this a few weeks ago), 365 DNI (365 Days in Polish) is a surprising choice for the top spot.  With a cast of unknown actors playing the protagonists, this international film was scooped up by Netflix and released in the UK on the 7th of June.  Well done Netflix.  Just as the British government near-enough banned sex amidst the coronavirus, the steamiest portrayal of alternative sex hit our screens.  At the beginning of lockdown, we were all very happy to fall into bed with Marianne and Connell with their beautifully coordinated, intimate sex scenes.  Adults from all ages were pining for teenage romances and the BBC’s hit adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel is deemed by some bibliophiles as better than the book.  However, with pubs and bars still closed (a few weeks ago, remember!) and hot summer nights swamping the UK, single Brits have reached new peaks of boredom, frustration and horniness.

365 DNI offers one solution.  Provided you can ignore the inconceivable plot and the appalling scriptwriting (I’ll be honest, I haven’t read the book it’s based on, so God knows if we’re talking E. L. James or David Nicholls), the movie is hot, hot, hot.  The screenplay builds tension and showcases passion and eroticism so successfully.  Of course, I’m not promoting kidnapping a young woman against her will and locking her up for 365 days in a bid for her to fall in love with her kidnapper, but for me, the redeeming factor to this plot was the lead female character, Laura.  Strong, independent and believable she showed none of the signs Anastasia dispenses when succumbing to Christian Grey.

Sure, the film has had plenty of criticism (the Internet is awash with claims 356 DNI glorifies rape culture and Stockholm Syndrome, singer Duffy demands it is taken down and it’s received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and yet…

And yet it’s fantasy and fiction.  And Netflix released it at an exceptional time.  I wonder if 365 DNI would have done so well if it were released in non-Corona times and if it would have had such a divisive series of reviews if we had a wider selection of pastimes available to indulge in over the past few months.

 

Photo Credit: Netflix.

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