Controversial erotic thriller dubbed one of the worst films EVER becomes global smash

Directed by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandles, 365 Days is currently the most popular feature film in the British and US edition of Netflix and in second place worldwide. Netflix

A Polish erotic thriller that focuses on the relationship between an Italian mafia boss and the woman he kidnaps has become a smash hit on the Netflix streaming service.

‘365 Days’ soared to number 1 in the UK and the USA ranking following its release on June 7.

The film tells the story of an Italian mafia boss and the Polish woman he kidnaps.Netflix

It held first place till June 14, but, according to Forbes, it managed to achieve the rare feat of returning to the top spot three days later and held the position up to June 22.

The film’s popularity was boosted by the social media platform TikTok, with users recording millions of reactions to chosen scenes and sharing them.

Starring Anna-Maria Sieklucka and Michele Morrone, in Poland the film has pulled in an estimated $8,964,000 since it premiered on February 7.Mateusz Marek/PAP

It has also been a hit worldwide despite some criticism for its apparent glorification of sexual violence and romanticising kidnapping.

The film, directed by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandles and based on the first novel of a trilogy written by Blanka Lipińska, delves into a relationship between the two lead characters that reflects the dark and violent world the mafia operates in.

Based on the first novel of a trilogy written by Blanka Lipińska, producers are now looking at a sequel.Mateusz Marek/PAP

Laura, played by Anna-Maria Sieklucka, visits Sicily to try and breathe new life into a stalled relationship.

While there she is kidnapped by Massimo, the local mafia boss. Massimo, played by Michele Morrone, tells her that he has been besotted with her since he saw her on a beach five years earlier.

Despite being a hit worldwide, the film has been criticised for its glorification of sexual violence and romanticising kidnapping.Netflix

Wanting a relationship with Laura he gives her 365 days to fall in love with him.

The film’s focus on sexual relations has led to comparisons with 2015 erotic drama ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.

‘365 Days’ also proved to be a hit at cinemas in Poland, pulling in an estimated $8,964,000 at the box office since it premiered on February 7.