As a rule, the Holocaust is such a historically vital and delicate subject that it demands and deserves sensitive, intelligent onscreen treatment. In Darkness
-- a complex docudrama about WWII refugee aider Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz) -- offers exactly that. It benefits from expert handling by veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Angry Harvest
) and an outstanding script by first-timer David F. Shamoon, who adapted the nonfiction tome by Robert Marshall. The result is one of the most emotionally overwhelming films of the year.
The picture opens in Warsaw circa 1941, when sewer worker Socha agrees to conceal 12 Polish Jews in the cit...