On advice from a lifelong female friend, I watched 365 Days
. It's the story of a gorgeous young Polish woman, already taken for granted by her rather unimpressive boyfriend, who gets kidnapped by a hunky but vain and domineering Sicilian mafioso who has been obsessed with finding this woman after a random encounter 5 years previously. Given the arbitrary and utterly ridiculous notion of setting her free in 365 days if she does not fall in love with him, he repeatedly psychologically terrorizes and sexually assaults her until she naturally gets the hots for him and they have wild sex all over his multi-million dollar yacht. This of course leads to her falling in love with her captor and abuser after just a couple months and they plan to get married. At this point his mafia rivals decide to kill her for no clear reason, and her death occurs off screen in the last 30 seconds of the movie which then abruptly ends with no explanation or consequence.
This might be the worst movie I've ever seen in terms of premise and seriously trying to justify utterly despicable behavior. It makes 9 1/2 Weeks and 50 Shades look like a child's lullaby. If the filmmakers just wanted to show two gorgeous people fucking like animals, they should have just made porn and not tried to fabricate some unbelievable story that glorifies something truly horrific. And how one of my best (and very accomplished and independent) female friends in my life thought this was somehow both appropriate and worthy of recommendation is beyond me. She and I need to have a talk.
Inexplicably, there are plans for a sequel.