While 365 Dni had met with as much success as criticism when it was put online on Netflix, its sequel arrives today on the platform. Is this new erotic film 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 put online in June 2020 on Netflix and yet its success guaranteed it two sequels. 365a Polish feature film adapted from the novel by Blanka Lipinskatold 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 sequestration (hence the title of the film, 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 his charms and wanting a real future with him. And their on-screen romance is punctuated 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 sulphurous extracts from 365 Dni, increasing the pressure before it was posted on Netflix in other countries. Word of mouth and the power of social networks have made 365 Dni a hit on the platform, of course, but a success decried not only for its low quality but also and above all for its glamorization of kidnapping, sex trafficking and rape. .
Indeed, in addition to the overly romanticized Stockholm Syndrome, there was an explicit rape scene in the film that sparked strong reactions, in particular from the Welsh singer Duffyvictim of forcible confinement and rape, who had written a letter to Netflix to denounce the “glamorizing the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”. In addition, Internet users had even launched a petition for the nauseating erotic film produced by Tomasz Mandes and Barbara Bialowaswho collected Razzie Award for Worst Screenplayor removed from the platform.
This did not dampen Netflix, which bought the rights for the 365 Dni sequels, adapted from the other two novels in Blanka Lipińska’s trilogy. But these two sequels won’t happen without a few tweaks. This is in any case what was advanced by Deadline. According to their information, the two sequels will move away from the texts of Blanka Lipińska’s novels and the controversial contents should be more “soft”.
365 days to tomorrow is all about sex
So what is it really? Today, the platform uploaded the second film titled 365 days to the next day. And we can say that Netflix has bet everything on sex and soapy twists, but we can grant it that there is not really anything to be controversial like in the first part which conveyed a very dangerous and biased 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 mafia milieu.
So much so that an enemy clan of Massimo has devised a whole scheme to hurt him and keep him away from Laura. This trap required Nacho’s seduction game (Simone Susanna), who poses as 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. Evidenced by the laughable performance of Michele Morrone to make us think he plays a twin with an attitude and another tone in his voice lacking credibility.
Laura, still saddened to have lost the child she could have had with Massimo, thinks that her new husband has cheated on her and falls into Nacho’s arms easily. For his part, Massimo does everything to repel the attacks of the mafia 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 the clutches of Adriano.
But this penis contest ends in a bloodbath: Adriano is killed and Laura is shot and wounded. Will she survive? Here is the weak cliffhanger of 365 days to the next day, identical to the first part which already left Laura’s future in suspense. No doubt that the young woman will survive since there remains a third component.
Netflix had promised, the 365 Dni sequels would avoid all kinds of controversies, like those that took place when the first part was put online, and move towards a more “soft” plot. This is indeed the case since there are not really any problematic 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 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 would seem sexy is in fact a mixture of ridiculousness and polite boredom.
Worse, we would be led to believe in Laura’s empowerment in this sequel through her rebellion against Massimo with murderous stings about her kidnapping and the fact that she decides and is in control. And all this seed of reflection is swept away with a bang by new macho elements: Massimo who buys her a company so that she can work, a new “baby girl” launched (in reference to a scene very taken from the first film ), once 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 to the Laura / Massimo couple or to those who want to rinse their eyes in front of this “soft porn” content, a very appreciated and popular genre on Netflix. .