Netflix movie 365 Days has been steaming up the small screen, all-whilst clocking up views as one of the streaming service’s highest ranking films
But just because it’s topped the list of the platform’s Top 10 Most Recommended films (based on what viewers are watching), doesn’t mean it’s receiving critical acclaim.
With 1 hour and 54 minutes full of graphic sex scenes and a plot which ‘glorifies rape culture’ according to critics, the erotic drama has seen it’s fair share of criticism since it’s release last month.
Forget Fifty Shades
Based on the bestselling Polish book series by Blanka Lipinska, the film documents a dashingly-handsome member of the Sicilian mafia who kidnaps an even more beautiful female stranger he happens to see years earlier (as fate would have it!) and gives her 365 days to fall in love with him – or set her free.
She tries by all means to resist his rugged charm, smoldering good looks and of course, the sexual chemistry (you can cut it with a knife!)….but alas, she fails dismally!
It truly makes a visit to the Red Room Of Pain look like child’s play.
— karina. (@_karrinaaa) June 28, 2020
So what’s the big deal?
Critics have slated the movie for glorifying and romanticising high-class gangsterism, human trafficking, male chauvinism and sexual abuse.
Many more have also lambasted it’s pointless storyline and Mills & Boons-esque script. Some have claimed it is nothing short of a full-length porn feature.
Even UK singer Duffy – who endured a horrifying ordeal of being kidnapped and raped – has slammed the movie’s ‘triggering’ nature.
#365daysnetflix movie is disgusting. It glorifies sexual trafficking of women, getting imprisoned and continuous rape by a wealthy man and it does it under the disguise of love. #Netflix should remove #365days movie NOW!
— Alin (@kissedbyfireee) July 6, 2020
Hey, #365dni fans: Right now, the mafia makes most of its profits from human trafficking of black people in the Mediterranean. This movie is terrible from all points of view and the “massimos” you are thirsting for are all criminals. Thank you for coming to my TedTalk.
— 🌈 (@protectheflames) July 4, 2020
Not only has the film become one of Netflix’s worst-rated productions, but there’s even a petition on Change.org to remove the film based on it’s claim that it glamorises sexual crimes against women.
Giving the people what they want
On the flipside, some viewers have claimed the movie is what erotic fantasies are made. Mommy porn addicts are loving it too!
It has offered an escape to the frightening and morbid situation the world finds itself in with the deadly global pandemic, racial oppression and gender-based violence (which ironically is what the film plays into).
— Pratyasha Tarafder (@Pratyasha28) July 3, 2020
— Sneha Sangma (@queen_hoon_) July 6, 2020
— Lauren Launder💛 (@laurenlaunder) July 5, 2020
Netflix stands by it’s decision
Netflix has come out to set the record straight against the controversial nature of the film – which they claim they were not involved in producing, but merely acquired the licensing based off it’s popularity in countries like Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and Ireland earlier this year.
They’re also adamant that the film comes with a restriction warning viewers about it’s violence, sex, nudity, and language. It further states that subscribers can ‘choose what they do and do not want to watch by setting maturity filters at a profile level and removing specific titles to protect from content they feel is too mature’.
If been trying to say something about this for days but I think this explains it! #365days is disgusting and just disturbing to say the least, being assaulted is NOT cute it happens to woman daily! Rape is NOT cute it’s disgusting and a felony! Netflix get this movie of your site pic.twitter.com/kpSvE2XghW
— meg | on a 3 day limit (@thorsfeed) June 30, 2020
The entertainment platform also stands by it’s decision to continue streaming the explicit film.
“We believe strongly in giving our members around the world more choice and control over their Netflix viewing experience, ” the site told multiple media outlets.