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