Simple erotic entertainment with goofy dialogues, soapy twists and just about adequate acting skills shouldn’t be rocket science. Still, Netflix’s 365 Days 2020 attracted controversy like Michele Morrone to a hot tattoo needle. Armed with a worldview that would be considered backwards in Game of Thrones, the soft-core drama celebrated the abusive relationship between tourist Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka) and her mafia kidnapper, Massimo (Morrone). 365 Days – This day would have gone a step further – but some big changes compared to the novel prevent that.
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365 Days 2 on Netflix: This has changed compared to the novel
To put it simply, Blanka Lipińska’s novel 365 Days – This Day is like part 1 on Speed.
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For example, if we compare the development of Laura and the well-heeled gardener Nacho (Simone Susinna) in book and film, there are noticeable changes.
Nacho and Laura in 365 Days 2 – Book and Movie
- A book: Laura is kidnapped and held hostage by Nacho on behalf of his father. Just like in the first part, Laura falls in love with her seducer.
- Movie: Laura voluntarily accompanies the remarkably well-heeled gardener Nacho to his country house, overlooks all the red flags along the way and only learns his true motives at a late stage. Although she also develops feelings for him here, she turns them off as soon as she learns the truth.
- A book: Nacho confesses to Laura that he raped her while she was unconscious, which later turns out to be a lie.
- Movie: Nacho watches Laura sleep, which is creepy enough. Unlike the original, the film focuses on Laura’s erotic dreams about her movie night buddy, giving her back an air of agenda and less romanticizing the abusive relationships than author Blanka Lipińska does.
Laura and Massimo in 365 Days 2 – book and film
- A book: Massimo confesses that he sexually abused the unconscious Laura during her captivity, which has no consequences for Laura.
- Movie: The imprisonment from part 1 is hardly mentioned at all. 365 Days – This day sweeps the controversial origins of the relationship under the rug so that it’s “just” about a bored woman and her mafia husband.
- A book: Laura is still pregnant during this whole story. When Massimo tries to free her, she is shot. He has to decide who should live: the baby or Laura, which once again minimizes Laura’s sovereignty over her body and her life.
- Movie: Here Laura lost the child after the accident at the end of the first film, Massimo only finds out about the miscarriage in the finale of 365 Days 2.
Compared to Part 1, 365 Days 2 is much more harmless
That’s just a fraction of the difference between the book and the movie. The relationship between Laura’s friend Olga (Magdalena Lamparska) and Domenico (Otar Saralidze) is primarily comedic in nature, while Domenico stands out in the book as a violent addict. It’s quite bloody and shot around in slow motion, but scenes from the book in which women in particular are exposed to violence are missing in the film.
in the Compared to the book is 365 Days 2 So a decidedly harmless erotic fun with stupid dialogues, endless music montages and reasonably varied sex scenes.