“365 Days: One more day” on Netflix: shameful end to the sex saga

With the erotic drama “365 Days: Another Day” Netflix ends one of the most horrible film trilogies of all time.

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You could have given the people at least some time to catch their breath! It’s just four months since the second part of “365 Days” appeared on Netflix and once again tried to put its audience in a lustful mood with glossy advertising images, pop music and toxic relationship abuse. It all started as a wicked vehicle for scandal and a romanticized rape fantasy. An internet shitstorm was the result and possibly also a reason why all the nonsense is being whipped across the finish line so silently and in rapid succession.

In 2020, when the streaming service released the prelude to the trilogy based on the novels by Blanka Lipińska, it was all about Laura’s kidnapping (Anna-Maria Sieklucka). The Sicilian mafioso Massimo (Michele Morrone) gave her 365 days to fall in love with her, otherwise he still wanted to marry her. And because the gangster is so outrageously hot and rich, a form of love did indeed develop between the two of course. Fifty Shades of Massimo. Two films later, the fundamental conflict hasn’t changed, let alone the sterile and artificial advertising film aesthetics. In the meantime, only a second man has appeared as an amorous competitor: Nacho (Simone Susinna).

After the thriller plot in part 2 about jealousy and a fatal mix-up, the love triangle is now dealing with the question: will Laura break out of her golden cage? There she stands: helpless, brooding. Which of the two muscular lingerie models should she marry? One of them has shorter hair and more tattoos. One’s luxurious property is slightly smaller than the other’s. In the ostentatious world of “365 Days” you have to call that modest conditions. Massimo rages again with jealousy, his opponent ensnares Laura with the prospect of an understanding.

In bed with two machos

A tentative step towards emancipation is also taken in “354 Days: Another Day”. In the predecessor, attempts were made in vain to relativize the abusive and sexist aspects of the premise of this trilogy with just a few gestures. Part 3 is about women’s freedom in marriage, decoupling from the abusive husband. Of course, marriage as a form of living together remains untouched, such subversion is by no means to be expected from this series. She shows herself to be more conservative than ever under her constantly drooling horniness.

Once polyamory appears in wet dreams: Laura imagines a threesome with Nacho and Massimo. Her fantasy culminates in the two men beginning to kiss passionately. The irritation is perfect, Laura wakes up puzzled. In the reactionary world of 365 Days, of course, there is no room for anything beyond the heteronorm. Just for an image of the merging of two male characters, which the film wants to see as opposite poles, but ultimately only knows how to unite their clone-like personality in the lowest common denominator of polished flawlessness and lasting potency.

But no end in sight for “365 Days”?

Interestingly, this ménage-à-trois again leads to an open question. The trilogy is complete, but Netflix still leaves a door open. It’s probably the greatest threat that could be uttered: the prospect of another sequel. With circular camera movements we look at Laura and Massimo on the dream beach. A final comparison, a verbal western duel with pictures from the travel catalogue. Two perfectly prepared bodies from a world of dependencies, in which servants take over the work in the third part to keep the holiday scenery spotless while master and mistress fight out their love dramas. The problem cannot be solved in this way, the decision between the two men. The cycle of appeasement, argument, emotional manipulation and copulating reconciliation continues indefinitely.

Basically, it is hopeless to even want to deal with the content of this film in more detail, because in “365 Days: Another Day”, apart from its old-fashioned gender discourses, it is primarily about the emptying of the content. There is no longer any desire for dramaturgical narration, only for unreflective exhibiting. By the time something like a conflict develops, half the film is over, which up to that point was conceived solely as a peep show of exploited emotionalities. A single show of happy, ecstatic, celebrating, made-up faces, countless products, mechanical beauty. Gazing blankly at events that want to be defined solely by their stilted sentimentality. And always sex! Lifeless choreographies, doggy style in slow motion and against the light, body facades painted with over-the-top color filters.

Eternal staring

365 Days reveals an alarming part of streaming culture. There are wonderful streaming platforms and content, curated offerings that nurture the potential of the medium. This concoction at Netflix is ​​not one of them. Ultimately, the erotic trilogy presents a dystopian final stage, how the art form of film can be abused and transformed into a flickering in the background. How to degrade them to the sole obliging channel that sends gutted, self-satisfied images to the retinas of consumers for hours on end. In this respect, the series has remained true to itself for three films. All three are of one piece, without beginning, without end.

Actually, “365 Days” is more than a warning installation about consumer terror. The staring with which she allows the audience to look at her world resembles a media addiction to porn or doom scrolling through social networks. A holiday photo, a look at over-staged households follows the next. A lot of bare skin wants to tie you to the screen before the heated mood cools down with a few truisms in between.

Nothing can be grasped in this affective continuous fire. Every idea and consideration that emerges from this relationship drama is snatched away again directly in the stream of garish impressions accompanied by horrible pop music, in order to endlessly duplicate itself in its usual course. Films for every current state of mind, that’s what streaming platforms like Netflix are always longing for. In “365 Days” you will find all emotionally charged life situations that could come to mind right away – the perfect product. Something to mourn, something to cheer about, a few friendly teases, something to celebrate, a lot to get excited about, something to languish, even more to envy and gape at. Feel what can be felt, where actually everything is cold, decayed, dead inside. All of it, every situation in life can be turned into pornography, that’s the real lesson of this series.

365 Days: One more day‘ has been available on Netflix since August 19, 2022.

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