Spoilers for 365 Dni ahead. One of the most popular movies on Netflix right now? 365 Dni (365 Days), a Polish erotic drama film that’s equal parts steamy and problematic. And boy, do I have a lot of questions! If you haven’t seen the film, get ready for two hours of pure chaotic bliss filled with hot sex scenes, a questionable wig choice, and a story so crazy, it’s actually kind of compelling. The movie is based on a trilogy of Polish-language books by Blanka Lipińska, and follows a Polish woman named Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka).
The plot is this: Anna gets kidnapped by Massimo, a Sicilian mobster (Michele Morrone), who gives her a year to fall in love with him. So, like, a totally healthy relationship! The ending of the film leaves us on a pretty big cliffhanger: Post-wedding dress shopping, newly pregnant Laura and her best friend Olga (Magdalena Lamparska) are heading back to Massimo’s place when Mario (Bronislaw Wroclawski), Massimo’s right-hand-man, gets a call that someone has put out an assassination attempt on Laura.
365 dni by Blanka Lipinska
Everyone tries to get hold of them to tell them to get out of the car, but Laura goes into a tunnel and loses cell service. The next shot is of that very same tunnel—police cars are parked outside of it, and then the screen cuts to black. (I screamed for, like, three minutes.) So, what happens next? Thankfully, all three books of the trilogy have been released, and give us a literary glimpse into Laura’s fate.
Laura is alive!
Shocker: The protagonist lives! According to the second installment of the series, Ten Dzién (“This Day”), the book picks up where 365 Dni left off. The book starts with Massimo finding out about Laura’s pregnancy. As they try and leave their past behind them to start a family and get married, they face obstacles: Laura gets kidnapped (again!), by a guy named Marcelo “Nacho” Matos. Naturally, because she’s only human and perhaps has a touch of Stockholm syndrome, she “falls for” her latest kidnapper, which establishes the trilogy’s love triangle.
The book ends with Laura getting shot when Massimo tries to rescue her, and he’s left deciding whether to save her or their baby. It’s also revealed that Massimo has an evil twin, and…he’s British. I would love to dive into how that’s possible, but I’ll save that for another day.
Will there be a second movie based on the book?
I hate to be the girl to break it to you, but the sequel to 365 Dni was also one of the films forced to halt production due to coronavirus. In an Instagram Live with Anna Maria Sieklucka and Magdalena Lamparska, according to Newsweek, the sequel to 365 Dni was supposed to begin production in Sicily in August.
The movie may look a little bit different now due to COVID-19 precautions, but I’m going to stop thinking about that for now. Instead, perhaps I’ll reflect on Massimo saying, “Are you lost, baby girl?” as I wait for the sequel. Either that or re-watching the yacht scene. If you know, you know!
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