While 365 Days was both successful and critical when it went online on Netflix, its sequel hits the platform today. Is this new erotic movie worse than the first part?
Warning, spoilers. The following paragraphs reveal plot elements of 365 Days and 365 Days To The Next.
The film was controversial as soon as it went online in June 2020 on Netflix, and yet its success guaranteed it two sequels. 365 Days, a Polish feature film adapted from 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 of kidnapping and kidnapping (hence the film’s title, which means 365 days in French), the time Massimo leaves for Laura to fall in love with him. Reluctant at first, the young woman ended up succumbing to her charms and wishing for a royal future with him. And her on-screen romance is peppered with very explicit sex scenes, which have delighted Internet users on social media.
As soon as it was released in theaters in Poland, TikTok users shared sulphurous excerpts from 365 Dni, increasing pressure before it was released on Netflix in other countries. Word of mouth and the power of social networks have made 365 Dni a success on the platform, of course, but a success denounced not only for its low quality but also and above all for its glamorization of kidnapping, sex trafficking and the violation
In fact, in addition to the overly fictionalized Stockholm syndrome, there was an explicit rape scene in the film that provoked strong reactions, in particular from the Welsh singer Duffy, a victim of kidnapping and rape, who had written a letter to Netflix denouncing the “glamorizing the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”. Furthermore, netizens had even launched a petition to have the nauseating erotic film directed by Tomasz Mandes and Barbara Białowąs, winner of the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay, removed from the platform.
This did not deter Netflix, which bought the rights to the 365 Dni sequels, adapted from the other two novels in Blanka Lipińska’s trilogy. But these two sequels won’t happen without some tweaking. This is in any case what was advanced by Deadline. According to his information, the two sequels will move away from the texts of Blanka Lipińska’s novels and the controversial contents should be “softer”.
365 days to tomorrow is about sex
So what is it actually? Today, the platform uploaded the second movie titled 365 Days to Tomorrow. And we can say that Netflix has bet everything on sex and soap opera twists, but we can grant that there is really nothing that is controversial as in the first part that transmitted a very dangerous and tendentious image of rape and kidnapping. In this sequel, Laura and Massimo get married. The honeymoon has everything to be perfect, but there is a shadow on the board: the mobster half.
So much so that an enemy clan of Massimo has come up with a whole plan to hurt him and keep him away from Laura. This trap required the seduction game 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. It is demonstrated by the laughable performance of Michele Morrone to make us believe that he plays a twin with an attitude and another tone in his voice that lacks credibility.
Laura, still saddened by having lost the child she could have had with Massimo, thinks that her new husband has cheated on her and falls easily into Nacho’s arms. For his part, Massimo does everything possible to repel the mafia attacks and find Laura who ran away with Nacho. Their paths cross again at the end when secrets are exposed and Massimo and Nacho team up against all odds to save Laura from Adriano’s clutches.
But this penis contest ends in a bloodbath: Adriano is murdered and Laura is shot. Will she survive? Here is the weak cliffhanger of 365 days for the next day, identical to the first part that already left Laura’s future in suspense. There is no doubt that the young woman will survive as there is a third component left.
Netflix had promised that the sequels to 365 Days would avoid all kinds of controversies, such as those that arose when the first part was put online, and would move towards a “softer” plot. In fact, this is the case, as there are actually no problem scenes in 365 Days to the Next Day.
We see more of a succession of sexual sequences (3 scenes in the first twenty minutes of the film!) because everything is an excuse for Laura and Massimo to have intercourse: golf, horseback riding on the beach, jacuzzi, Christmas, etc. 365 Days to Tomorrow is not about niceties and what might seem sexy is, in fact, a mixture of ridiculousness and polite boredom.
Worse yet, we would be led to believe in Laura’s empowerment in this sequel through her rebellion against Massimo with murderous goads over his kidnapping and the fact that she decides and is in control. And all this seed of reflection is swept away by new macho elements: Massimo who buys her a company so she can work, a new “girl” launched (referring to a scene very much taken from the first film), again in the position of a damsel in distress saved by another man,…
In short, 365 Days to Tomorrow is nothing shocking or interesting. The film will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the first part who want to know the sequel of the Laura/Massimo couple or to those who want to wash their eyes before this “soft porn” content, a highly appreciated and popular genre on Netflix. . .