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|365 Days: Why The Netflix Movie Is So Popular by Cinematique: 12:36pm On Jun 23, 2020|
The movie became available on Netflix in June 2020. The story centers around Laura, a tough executive with a weak heart and a lame boyfriend. She is kidnapped during a birthday trip in Sicily by Mafia boss Massimo, who has been fixated on her for the last five years: after noticing her on a beach, he and his father were both shot. Massimo survived, but his father did not. The experience left the young man to take over the "family business" — and obsessed with the beautiful face he saw moments before the attack. When he finally "finds" the woman, Laura, he kidnaps her for a year so that she'll fall in love with him.
365 Days is a guilty pleasure romance movie filled with unbelievable events, unintentionally hilarious dialogue, and very little actual plot; however, the narrative issues aren't the reason why the film has attracted controversy. Rather, the movie's depiction of Massimo's treatment of Laura — and her response to that treatment — have lead some reviewers to condemn the movie for glorifying domestic abuse and perpetuating rape culture. 365 Days tries to present titillating scenes that far too often cross the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Massimo is more than a dominant alpha male: he is actively a predator. Not only does Massio kidnap Laura, but he frequently abuses her — both emotionally and physically.
He infantilizes her, orders her around, and — despite his frequent claims of not being a monster, and that he won't touch her unless she says yes — repeatedly gropes, caresses, and generally manhandles Laura without her consent. As Hedy Phillips notes in Popsugar, the gender dynamic this movie celebrates is deeply troubling: "The more TV shows and movies run with abusive relationships, the more it normalizes them, and the more people think it's OK not just to abuse others but to stay in abusive relationships." These interactions are by their very nature not consensual because Laura is being held against her will.
FULL ARTICLE : https://cinematiqueonline.com/2020/06/23/365-days-why-the-netflix-movie-is-so-popular/
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