As in “ 365 Days ”, there is a lot of sex in “ 365 Days 2: This Day ”, but compared to the predecessor the scandal potential is limited. Sure, the erotic flick is miles away from being a feminist manifesto, but the main character Laura ( Anna Maria Sieklucka ) already seems much more self-determined than in part 1, where she fell in love with the man who kidnapped her and against her held will. Netflix put on the handbrake on the sequel, and that’s particularly evident in the following changes compared to the original.
«365 Days 2: The Biggest Difference Between Book and Movie
In the Netflix adaptation, Laura’s new lover Nacho ( Simone Susinna ) is positioned as a clear antithesis to Massimo ( Michele Morrone ). Although both are high-ranking gangsters (although Laura doesn’t know that about Nacho at first), while Massimo lets his macho hang out, Nacho shows himself to be a soulful Sunny Boy and understands women.
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But in the book the two are not that different : in the novel “365 Days 2” Laura is kidnapped by Nacho, held hostage and – who would have thought it – falls in love with him. So the «love story» between Laura and Nacho is almost the same as that between Laura and Massimo in Part 1.
But wait a minute, it gets even more perverted: In the book, Nacho tells Laura that he raped her when she was unconscious . Shortly afterwards he claims that it was just a joke, but even if: what kind of sick joke is that please? But Laura’s husband is no better either: Because he admits that he undressed and fingered Laura, who was also unconscious at the time, in Part 1. The whole «I’ll only have sex with you if you want to» number is questioned even more than it already is. However, this does not have any significant consequences for the relationship between the two.
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The protagonist of «365 Days» obviously loves being held against her will and even overlooks rape. For her, Stockholm Syndrome is not an exceptional psychological situation, but almost a lifestyle. It is this image of women that gave the series its disreputable reputation and probably also ensured that “365 Days” stood out from the masses of cheap erotic trash and became a hit. But this questionable success is a double-edged sword for Netflix…
This is how Netflix defused «365 Days 2».
Unlike the debut, which only landed in Polish cinemas and for which Netflix only acquired the rights afterwards, «365 Days 2» was produced directly for the streaming provider. Netflix attaches great importance to its progressive image. In films and series, liberal values are conveyed and roles are cast in a diverse manner. So it was clear that the streaming giant had to change something.
And so it is that in the Netflix adaptation of 365 Days 2, instead of being kidnapped, Laura herself decides to come along with Nacho when she thinks she caught her husband cheating. The rape confession, which Nacho later called untrue, does not appear either. These changes have huge consequences. Because what in the book is a repetition of the taboo break from the first part is a fairly generic love triangle with a gangster subplot on Netflix – especially since the events of the first film are hardly discussed at all.
The streaming provider thus takes everything scandalous from its scandalous franchise, as we already found in our review:
The FILMSTARTS review of «365 Days 2: This Day»
Now, of course, the question arises as to how Netflix will implement the conclusion of the trilogy. Also in the book template for the already announced » 365 Days 3 «, also known as «365 days more», there is again a kidnapping and some other violent story twists. It is quite possible that the streaming service will make one or the other change again.
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