While 365 Dni had as much success as it was criticized when it was put online on Netflix, the sequel is now coming to the platform. Is this new erotic movie worse than the first part?
Warning, spoilers. The following paragraphs reveal plot elements from 365 Dni and 365 Days To The Next.
The film was controversial as soon as it was released online on Netflix in June 2020, yet its success guaranteed two sequels. 365 Dni, a Polish feature film based on the novel by Blanka Lipińska, told a story of love and sex between Laura Biel (Anna-Maria Sieklucka), a Polish sales manager, and Massimo Toricelli (Michele Morrone), a wealthy Sicilian mobster.
The problem? The romance begins with a year-long kidnapping and seizure (hence the film’s title, which means 365 days in French), the time when Massimo leaves for Laura to fall in love with him. At first, the young woman was hesitant, but eventually succumbed to his charms and wanted a real future with him. And their on-screen romance is interrupted by very explicit sex scenes, which have tickled internet users on social networks.
As soon as it was released in cinemas in Poland, TikTok users shared 365 Dni sulphurous extracts, increasing the pressure before it was placed on Netflix in other countries. Word of mouth and the power of social networks have of course made 365 Dni a hit on the platform, but a success criticized not only for its low quality, but also and above all for its glorification of kidnapping, sex trafficking and rape.
Indeed, in addition to the overly fictionalized Stockholm Syndrome, there was an explicit rape scene in the film that provoked strong reactions, most notably from kidnapping and rape victim Welsh singer Duffy, who had written a letter to Netflix asking the “glorify the cruel realities of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”† In addition, internet users had even launched a petition to remove the sickening erotic film by Tomasz Mandes and Barbara Białowąs, which won the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay.
This did not detract from Netflix, which bought the rights to the 365 Dni sequels, an adaptation of the other two novels in Blanka Lipińska’s trilogy. But these two sequels won’t happen without a few tweaks. In any case, this is what has been advanced by Deadline. According to their information, the two sequels will distance themselves from the lyrics of Blanka Lipińska’s novels and the controversial content should be “softer”.
365 days until tomorrow is all about sex
So what is it really? Today, the platform has uploaded the second film titled 365 Days to Tomorrow. And we can say that Netflix has been betting everything on sex and soapy twists, but we can admit that there isn’t really anything to be controversial like in the first part which portrayed a very dangerous and biased view of rape and kidnapping. In this sequel, Laura and Massimo get married. The honeymoon has everything to be perfect, but there is one shadow on the board: the mafia milieu.
So much so that a hostile clan of Massimo has come up with a whole plan to hurt him and keep him away from Laura. This trap requires the seduction play of Nacho (Simone Susinna), who pretends to be a gardener, and the staging of Adriano, Massimo’s twin brother. Yes, this sequel appeals to the love triangle and evil twin tropes in ridiculous ways. This is evident in Michele Morrone’s laughable performance that makes us think he is playing twins with an attitude and a different tone in his voice that lacks credibility.
Laura, still saddened to have lost the child she could have had with Massimo, thinks her new husband has cheated on her and falls easily into Nacho’s arms. Massimo, for his part, does everything he can to fend off the mafia attacks and find Laura who fled with Nacho. Their paths cross again at the end when the secrets are revealed in broad daylight and Massimo and Nacho unite against all odds to save Laura from Adriano’s clutches.
But this contest of testosterone-filled males ends in a bloodbath: Adriano is killed and Laura is shot. Will she survive? Here’s the faint cliffhanger from 365 days to the next day, identical to the first part that already left Laura’s future in suspense. No doubt the young woman will survive, for a third part remains.
Netflix promised that the 365 Dni sequels would avoid all sorts of controversies, such as those that took place when the first part was put online, and evolve towards a more “soft” plot. This is indeed the case, as there are not really problematic scenes in 365 days until the next day.
We see more of a sequence of sexual sequences (3 scenes in the first twenty minutes of the film!) because everything is an excuse for coitus for Laura and Massimo: golf, horseback riding on the beach, a jacuzzi, Christmas, etc. 365 Days to Tomorrow is not about subtlety and what seems sexy is in fact a mixture of ridiculousness and polite boredom.
Worse, in this sequel, we’d be taken into Laura’s empowerment by her rebellion against Massimo with murderous stings over her kidnapping and the fact that she’s deciding and pulling the strings. And all this seed of reflection is swept away with a bang by new macho elements: Massimo buying her a company so she can work, launching a new “baby girl” (referring to a scene very taken from the first movie), again in the position of a damsel in distress rescued by another man,…
Basically, 365 Days to Tomorrow is nothing shocking or interesting. The film will no doubt appeal to fans of the first part who want to know the sequel to the Laura/Massimo couple or those who want to wash their eyes for this “soft porn” content, a highly appreciated and popular genre on Netflix .